A SOLDIER’S TREASURE
When autumn leaves are off the trees
And rot in piles having blown in the breeze
It’s the signal to prepare for another Remembrance day
For many the next one is never that far away
The older we become the less of us there are
Once upon a time we gathered for war from afar
Cover from the flanks to protect the brother ranks
Fighting through enemy positions…surviving and giving thanks
But we didn’t all come through it
And the families back home knew it
Spared once again we are the survived many
Was it really because of my lucky penny?
As the years have moved on and on
Too many of my mates are now gone
I have days when the feelings are rough
It shows that we’re only human and not so tough
Remembrance is therefore my day
When to my lost mates I can always say
You’re still here in my life and my mind
Because in the military we’re one of a kind
I now live thousands of miles from home
Even today I continue to roam
But even if I don’t stand over your grave
You’re always with me my mate so brave
On Remembrance I tab ten miles
With my Bergen and plenty of smiles
Those great days when we moved with stealth
So young but it gave us our wealth
My brothers you’re always in my head
Through the day and even when I’m asleep in my bed
Your short life was definitely not in vain
As I tab through the mist and the rain
My Remembrance is different from some
But I get through it with a tab and a run
7 thoughts on “REMEMBRANCE: A Poem by Bob Shepherd”
Great poem Bob, none of thought about dying when we signed on that dotted line, i guess we hope we wont be that comrade who does, we remember them with respect!
Beautiful well said! When are we going to see another book?
Absolutely fantastic poetry and really makes you think . Thanks for posting it Bob.
Outstanding Read Bob.
Brilliant Poem Bob, so many taken to early 🙏🐸
Great poem don’t think our Rabbie could have done any better .
Excellent poem Bob, we all have good memories of fallen brothers but not forgotten, and for a lot there’s horrible nightmares of the conflicts we served in.