SOLDIER LAMENT

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the last moments of a surviving soldier as he lays dying.

 

How terribly sad

when life is near its end

and all that went seemed bad

I never wanted to offend

 

what moments passed me by

opportunity knocked then left

I could not even try

to repay a simple debt

 

I see those moments in flight

as my life ebbs to and fro

all I could do was what was right

your sacrifice gave me more than you would know

 

your gun raised impetuously

whilst mine fell to the ground

your blood spilt gloriously

A cry, blood, the shot resounding sound

 

you saved me then

and I lived in your honour

a life full I did spend

on Anzac day I drink under our banner

 

Now age has me bent, gnarled

my family all around me

How well I have fared

they are the jewels of a survivor for all to see

 

thank you my friend

I weep for your loss

forever in the end

like the two-up coin toss

 

I now walk at your side 

with those others that went

we are young full of life

arms entwined, my life well spent.

 

 

Image:

http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/german-soldier-returns-home-find-family-longer-1946/

 

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