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Poem: Remember That Soldier.

Updated on April 2, 2015
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The Valiant Ones.

He lay in the mud afraid and alone, the air it was shaking he wanted his home.

It was nearly a year he had been in the trench, men shouting, men screaming the blood and the stench.

Broken men weeping calling for home, for mothers, for fathers for dear darling Joan.

Thoughts of loved ones were always in mind, the gas attacks awful so many men blind.

The guns are now silent the medics arrive, one man lies dead legs gone at the thighs.

Our soldier moves, sits up and sighs, what madness is this he wipes tears from his eyes.

A whistle is blowing 'men over the top' the guns are now firing, will this ever stop.

Today in our armchairs we remember the past and wonder if our man got home at the last.

© 2014 Graham Lee

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      Graham Lee 8 weeks ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Missy. Thank you for your most welcome and interesting comments. I am pleased you like it.

      Graham.

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      Twilight Lawns 8 weeks ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      How very sad. This period of our collective history still makes me cry.

      However, this may sound trite a hundred years after the Somme and all that worthless killing. but I saw a film last night: 'Wonder Woman' the 2017 version which deals with 1918. It is pure magic in which a modern film director takes on the task of showing, if only a little briefly, the horrors of The War To End All Wars. View it, and I challenge you not to weep.

      The philosophy hidden within the film is truly eye-opening.

      Your poem brought tears to my eyes.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Missy. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. I do appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I love this! It really gives a picture of the heartbreak and angst of how it was to be in the fields of war. My dad was in the military when Vietnam was going on, and although he didn't have to fight, he saw a lot of death; I think it affected him, but he would never say. My niece is now in the military, and I'm so proud of the commitment she has. The commitment you have to acquire to stay in and make a difference.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Lee. Thank you for your visit and comments. I am glad you found it of interesting. Glad to meet you.

      Graham.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A beautifully powerful piece, very well done, wonderful words, thanks for sharing, Lee

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Lawrence. Thanks for your comments and valued vote. Glad you liked it.

      Graham.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      This is a very powerful poem. Well done. Voted up

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Paula. Thank you for your visit and comments. Yes men and women are prepared to die for others and their homeland, they should be respected and remembered.

      Graham.

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      A great poem, Graham. Thank you for sharing this. It is good for us to remember soldiers, at all times of the year, not just on the holidays meant for them. A very good poem, and I am glad to have stumbled upon it.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Dim. Thanks you for your lovely comment. Yes war is hell.

      Graham.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh That was a beautiful read. You captured the atmosphere that must have been so hard for those men /boys to live with each day.

      Awesome.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Alastar. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. As I feel you will agree, war is hell. There is no glory.

      Graham.

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      Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

      You've encapsulated the thoughts, emotions, wishes and waste of the trenches magnificently with this fine poem, Old Albion.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Tirelesstraveler. Thank you for your valued visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Shanmarie. Thank you for your welcome visit and comment. I appreciate it.

      Graham.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      I watched a war movie last night and cried when it ended, because even those who come home carry a heavy burden. My salute and a standing applause. This poem catches the pain of war without trivializing the men who fight.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Powerfully written.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Devika. Thank you for your visit and valued comments. I greatly appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautifully written poem. Your words have such great meaning.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Jodah. We will never know.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Maybe that is correct. I often thought the same...I heard the opinion that diseases like aids and ebola are too.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jodah. Thank you for your visit and valued comments. Many years ago I read that war was natures pruning fork. I think there might be something in that.

      Thanks for the vote.

      Graham.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful poem Graham. I love it.. perfect rhyme and flow. The message is also poignant and the wars go on and on.........voted up.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      You make some valid points Jay C.

      Graham.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      You wrote, "We must always remember those who gave all they had to give, fighting for the freedom we enjoy today."

      We should analyze the poem as to what conflict we are in. Most, if not all, wars did not need to be fought. It is the poor soldier in the field which is hurt by the lack of diplomacy at the political level. Do not be the soldier in the field. Become a conscientious objector if you disagree with the political decision. I ask you to name a war that was truly justified and we could not avoid. Consider the Quakers who started in England by George Fox.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi FlourishAnyway. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. From your comments the poem did what I hoped it might do. We must always remember those who gave all they had to give, fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

      Graham.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Really good poetry -- gives you a lump in you throat and makes you almost feel you were there. Well done. You honor veterans superbly with this -- the ones who returned, as well as those who did not.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi again Jay C. Your last line says it all.

      Graham.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      War breeds more war. Survivors of war learn to hate or fear foreigners. The survivors grow up and take revenge. Break the cycle of war and stay away from violence.

      WWI was the stupidest war the US has been involved in. The US was never threatened and we gained no rights. If the US had not gotten involved in WWI, I doubt Hitler would have risen to power.

      The next stupidest war is a tie between Korea and Vietnam. We went into Iraq based on a lie. There were no WMD.

      Get smart and avoid the stupidity of war.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Maj. Thank you for your visit and comments, they are always appreciated. Yes war is terrible there is no glory. I see today that we are being asked to keep away from the memorial as there is a threat of terrorist action. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Well said and most poignant - you certainly captured the horror and despair of war and individual responses - how sad and even worse it never ends. I wrote a piece about my grandfather who was drowned in ww1 - such a waste of a young life. and so many more grieving families. I recently saw the ceramic poppies at the tower in commemoration of all those lost. Thanks Graham...

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Cynthia. Thank you for your valued visit and informative comments. You are correct in saying we do not have any idea of what is going on. In some cases that might be the best thing. As you know in some parts of the world they see the 'ugly american'. In my view without the commitment shown by 'the yanks' we would be in a sorry state indeed.

      Thank you for your vote and pinning, I do appreciate it.

      Graham.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Graham, you captured the bizarre character of trench warfare (of any warfare-- but at least they didn't have drones to contend with in WWI). I live in a military community and hear they just shipped a planeload of young over to the Middle East a couple of days ago. Most of us have little idea why this goes on and on... seems unstoppable. Your poem is a great contribution to the memories that pour back in at this time of the year. Voted up and pinned. ~Cynthia

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Faith. Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments. I fear that wars will never end. Inequality will see to that. Thank you for your votes, I do appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Poignant and haunting. Beautifully written piece here. Let us never forget! Thank you for this piece.

      Voted up +++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thank you Bill. Your visits and comments are always valued.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trench warfare was unbelievably frightening and you captured it perfectly. We must always remember the fallen...where would we be without them? Thank you for this, Graham!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. I'm afraid wars will never stop, I read that they are natures pruning fork, there could be truth in that. Thank you for your sharing on twitter.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I loved this. You painted a perfect picture of the battlefield. Will we ever stop having wars? Shared on Twitter. Thank you..

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jay C. Thank you for your welcome visit and in depth observational comments. I always appreciate other peoples views, it makes it all worth while.

      Graham.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Well done. I would add all soldiers are individuals. We join social groups and adopt the goals of the group. Each individual needs to compare their personal goals to the goals of the social group they have joined. If the goal is the same, proceed. If not, get out of that social group.

      Ultimately the soldier in the poem is responsible for himself. All he had to do was declare he was a conscientious objector and stop fighting. He could have transferred to the medical corpse. Teach self empowerment for constructive groups.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ann. Thank you for your valued visit and comments which are always welcome. I'm afraid that man will never learn. I remember reading many years ago that war is natures pruning fork. Logic there somewhere don't you think.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi David. Thanks for your visit and comments which are always valued. I'm afraid it will never end. Such is man.

      Graham.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Poignant and with a fundamental message.

      It does go on and on, doesn't it? Will our leaders ever learn? I'm not sure but I hope so.

      Beautiful poetry, sad and haunting. Lest we forget!

      Well done, indeed.

      Ann

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      And it goes on... the war to end all wars followed by the peace to end all peace and hundreds of thousands are dying in the Middle East because of maps drawn by the Great War victors. Well done, Graham.