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Home of the Brave

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Home of the Brave

Post  RichieO on Wed Apr 04 2012, 15:51

Home of the Brave

The sound of the church bell
Ringing it slow chime breaks
the silence inside this little churchyard.

Looking down the path I see,
a slow moving procession,
heading towards me.

Another sound now reaches my ears.
A slow rhythmic drum, beats out a slow
but daunting march.

Ahead of procession came a honour guard
Of soldiers all dressed in their ceremonial
Uniforms. Boots polished to mirror shine,
Trouser creases shape as a knife.

Buckles and buttons shine in the midday sun
Rifles lay upright upon the shoulder, and the
Dress was topped off with a stiff looking cap.

Has I watched the guard approach I admired
Their slow moving march. Arms and Legs move
In unison to the sound of that beating drum.

The procession comes to a halt by the graveside
where the Pall Bearers carrying the coffin do stop
In time they move and lower the soldier to rest
For this is where the hero will lay forever and to
be remembered by all forever more.

The sound of rifles ring out their salute,
the mourners, jerking to every shot.
A folded Union Jack, is handed to the
brave soldier's wife.
A bugler plays the Last Post.

The honour guard stand to attention and
await, the order to March the way back,
to the barracks from whence they came.

The soldiers are ready, the order is given,
In columns of two they start their quick March,
to sounds of the Drums and Pipes,
playing the tune of 'Scotland the Brave'

Has I stood there and listened
to their fading sound,
a lonely tear-drop doth fall slowly,
from my eye towards the ground….

The soldier now lays at rest beneath
this hallowed ground of which can be
said is the Home Of The Brave.

© RichieO 2012

Last edited by RichieO on Mon Nov 03 2014, 15:38; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Added more words)
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Re: Home of the Brave

Post  Lucie on Thu Apr 05 2012, 00:19

So sad . so sad. My head is hung low in prayer for those soldiers and their familys, and my hopes are that the remaining troops return home safe, for good to live their own lives soon..
Lovely written piece Rich.
Thank you for sharing this..


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Re: Home of the Brave

Post  jinettyx on Thu Apr 05 2012, 02:02

I ditto Lucies reply Richie.....A very good tribute to our brave soldiers who have laid down their lives for their country.. Like Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven clapping

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Re: Home of the Brave

Post  RichieO on Mon Apr 09 2012, 03:31

Thanks you two lovely's part of our Soldier's Drill when I was in the TA's was to practice the slow March and present arms. All this is done in slow motion and quite hard to do keeping in step and movements. This Poem came from a time I was down Somerset and there was funeral of a soldier being honoured by his troops and family, a very sad day indeed.
The only problem with our boys and girls on active service is they may have to go to war. The ugly truth is if we don't have armed forces then we would not be able to enjoy the freedom we do today.
I salute all the of our armed forces for being so brave. My Son once wanted to join the army I dread to think how I would feel if he went to war....?
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Re: Home of the Brave

Post  BC Williams on Mon Apr 09 2012, 03:55

Beautifully written Richard. I love your eye for detail in your presentation . . this is a poem worthy of that.

Our son-in-law Mike, leaves for Afghanistan in July or August. I can't grasp why, why he would actually sign up to go there as I don't believe in that war at all. He's been married to our daughter Rose, for three years come June. We can only stand by and pray there aren't tough life lessons ahead for all of us . . .
But we will honor him in this and pray he comes back whole.

Great writing my friend
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