A DREAM. A Poem By Bob Shepherd

 

garway church

Garway Church, Herefordshire, England.

 

I was but eight years old asleep in my bed
When an old man appeared hovering above my head
Wearing a long white robe and a great grey beard
Perhaps a warrior who I should have feared

Don’t be scared Robbie, never ever be scared
A voice strong but kind that he had shared

All of a sudden, he’s still and cold
Men place him into a casket, they look so bold
A big broad sword accompanies him to rest
As it’s laid along his body, centred from his chest

As he’s lowered into the ground I’m now hovering above he
But I’m just a wee boy in bed, inside a tenement in Dundee

I wake with a startle all sweaty and hot
Was it only a dream…or was it not?
So who is this man, and where is he laid?
Well, I’d come to find out at a place in the shade

I’m older now and decades have gone by
I’m driving in the countryside and I just want to cry
The scene laid before me is just like the dream
Welsh hills, a round church and graveyard is what I had seen

I pull the car over and jump a stone wall
I’m hovering over the grave site, I don’t want to fall
A simple stone slab with a long sword covers his grave
In the dream way back when, in the night I was brave

But now it’s not there, where could it be?
As I realize I’m a very long way
From my roots in Dundee

The church is now Norman, and no longer round
And the walls have Templar markings that I have just found
Stone taken from the old to build up the new
I move inside and rest up on a pew

I’m alone in the church, never ever be scared
As I go through the dream that I’ve never shared

When I look down the aisle I see a stone raised
It’s worn in the middle where the alter is praised

Hundreds of years stood on by feet
I make out a sword…simple yet neat
Is this the slab that covered his grave?
Was the old man a Templar, one of the brave?

I’ve never been religious
I tell my children and my wife
But now, Garway Church has a special place in my life

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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6 thoughts on “A DREAM. A Poem By Bob Shepherd”

  1. Well done that Bob, very powerful…. an ode to the old school warriors and I feel a great appreciation for all in the grounds of battle…. Thank you and merry Christmas……

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