Ypres (43): march of the fallen

Australian poet Frank Prem’s words take us to the bleakness of WW1 for both the horses and the soldiers.

Frank Prem Poetry

Artillery horses moving along the tree lined road between Poperhinghe and Ypres4110946 Artillery horses moving along the tree lined road between Poperhinghe and Ypres, during the Third Battle of Ypres. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C953158?image=1

and the fallen
slowly
ride

their steeds
point
to valhalla

once proud
and upright
they slump now
in their saddles

they are surely dead
even if
alive

at least
on this ride
there are tall trees
and shade

at least
this ride
is safe

and see
they keep coming

this parade
runs
forever

is there room
enough
do you think

will heaven hold
them all

no bombs
no bullets

no shells
from above

let none disturb
the bugle
as it calls

~

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. map195 says:

    good one…nice share

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  2. Frank Prem says:

    Thank you re-blogging this piece, Anne. I’ve said it before, but I find these pictures both very moving and quite inspiring.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nice poem. Of WW1
    But the link to the original Post shows that the post doesn’t exist.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. anne leueen says:

      Hmm…that is odd. I reblogged it from the original site so I don’t know why it is not working.

      Like

    2. anne leueen says:

      I have tried the link to the original post via my site and it worked. If you click on the link at the bottom of the poem it should work.

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      1. Frank Prem says:

        Anne, I apologise. I think I created the problem because I changed a word in the title – from march to ride. I think I messed the link up doing so. Try this one: https://wp.me/p7yTr8-78x if there are any problems.

        I should have left well enough alone 😦

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I clicked on ‘original post” at the bottom of the poem and it went to the right place. One of the mysteries of the ethernet I guess. But thanks for this extra link.

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    3. Frank Prem says:

      Suyash, thank you for the comment. The problem is because I changed a word in the title – from march to ride. I think I messed the link up doing so. Try this one: https://wp.me/p7yTr8-78x

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