Stand fast all you soldiers!

A lament for the fallen in two voices


Stand fast all you soldiers! You boys in army dress.

Targets each for bullets, targets each to gain

Stand fast all you soldiers! Your realm requires no less.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Prepare now for the Hun.

‘Cross the fields of Flanders, ‘cross the flattened grain

Stand fast all you soldiers! Old Fritz has raised his gun.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Stand fast and face the foe.

Hark the screams of dying, hark the screams of pain

Stand fast all you soldiers! No fear in you should show.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Each man should take his place.

Boys you knows your orders, boys you knows ‘em plain

Stand fast all you soldiers! Your Maker soon to face.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Another day to win.

Pray you for a marksman, pray it’s not in vain

Stand fast all you soldiers! And never once give in.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Be brave now to a man.

Fight the fight with courage, fight until you’re slain

Stand fast all you soldiers! And soldier while you can.

 

Stand fast all you soldiers! Stand ‘til the field runs red.

Never more a sunrise, never gentle rain

Stand fast all you soldiers! Stand fast until you’re dead.

 

 

 

© UNCLEMAC 2017
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Stevef
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I don’t know much about poetry but that’s cleverly done.

Sweetwater
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Very well constructed. Heartbreakingly truthful lines and so imaginatively set out. Sue.

Jay12
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I like how you’ve written this, the style is original. The final line is brutal. The word dead makes a great full stop.

Nemo
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Aplogies for being a pain but I’m not sure if you are aware of the ‘rule’ regarding posting: only four items per week: two for Monday and two for Friday.
Regards, Nemo.

Stormwolf
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Hello there, 😉
Excellent! Perfect timing too for Remembrance Sunday.I enjoyed the dual voices, a very original and effective touch. The rhyming involved between the voices skillfully done.
Raises the bar for poetry here.

Alison x

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