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How Long Is Too Long?

Updated on March 7, 2012



I was invited to write a poem for Armistice last year. I started it and never got to complete it. So I missed the publishing deadline. Today I found the file on my computer and took a few minutes to edit and complete it. So you are the lucky people who get to read it. Hope you like it.

How Long Is Too Long?

He grew up in the cadets...

He had a sharp brain and physically fit,

Always aiming to be the first to hit the net,

Throw himself over the wall or jump the pit.

He worked hard at school,

And got a sponsorship for University

One of the lads playing the fool,

But he also knew about responsibility.

Fast tracked to be an officer,

He looked mighty fine on parade,

He knew how to get the respect of the men

And true friendships were easily made.

A few tours to Ireland,

And two tours to Afghanistan,

He had seen warfare first hand

But on his return, he was a different man.

Although there was no physical wound,

He had seen some good men fall

Innocent families lives torn to bits

And he wondered was it all worth it.

There was no heroes welcome,

Just a “glad you are home”.

Somehow his eyes had lost some sparkle

Because of all the debacle.

Although time passes

And memories can also fade

We should never forget our lads and lassies

Or down play the Armistice parade.

Patricia Ann Ward 7/3/12


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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 5 years ago mum and dad are from Stirling, Tricia and my dad went back there to visit the town where he was born and met my mum on leave from England where he was stationed as a Canadian soldier during World War II. That is how your lovely poem inspired me to tell you this . My mum came over to Canada as a war bride on the Queen Mary in 1945.

      So nice to meet you and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 5:14pm

      and yes 'every soldier' is important and should be remembered - no matter what war it was/or is.

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      Tricia Ward 6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks everyone, just to let you know this is just observational experience

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Beautiful poem about a sad subject. All too many sign up and do a wonderful job, only to be changed as a person and suffer with the memories.

      Thanks for SHARING something that seems to be from a very personal experience.

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      Parks McCants 6 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you.

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      Tricia Ward 6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for the comment - and for stopping by again x

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Even though it is a year later, it is still written with good style and poetry design. I think the hero is often the one that stays silently behind the line supporting the action. Great poem. Voted up!