| War Poetry
, In memory of the fallen
Posted: 11-Feb-2009, 04:34 PM
| This is poem about a young Irishman who goes to fight in WW1.It is a touching and emotional piece of poetry.It is orignally a poem written by Eric Bogle.however "The Furies" a famous Irish ballad group sang it.
The Green Fields Of France
Well, how do you do, young Willie McBride,
Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside?
And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done.
And I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the great fallen in 1916,
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?
Did they beat the drum slowly, did the play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march, as they lowered you down?
Did the band play The Last Post in chorus?
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined?
And, though you died back in 1916,
To that faithful heart are you forever 19?
Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Eclosed forever behind some glass pane,
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?
The sun, how it shines, on the green fields of France;
There is a warm summer breeze,that makes the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long 'neath the plow;
There is no gas,no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard its still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses tand mute in the sand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.
And I can't help but wonder, young Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe,when you answered "The Cause?"
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain
The killing, and dying, were all done in vain,
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.
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