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I SPOKE TO YOU IN WHISPERS
By
Neil Andrew

I spoke to you in whispers
As shells made the ground beneath us quake 
We both trembled in that crater
A toxic muddy bloody lake
I spoke to you and pulled your ears
To try and quell your fearful eye
As bullets whizzed  through the raindrops
And we watched the men around us die
I spoke to you in stable tones
A quiet tranquil voice
At least I volunteered to fight
You didn't get to make the choice
I spoke to you of old times
Perhaps you went before the plough
And pulled the haycart from the meadow
Far from where we're dying now
I spoke to you of grooming 
Of when the ploughman made you shine
Not the shrapnel wounds and bleeding flanks
 Mane filled with mud and wire and grime
I spoke to you of courage
As gas filled the Flanders air
Watched you struggle in the mud
Harness acting like a snare
I spoke to you of peaceful fields
Grazing beneath a setting sun
Time to rest your torn and tired body
Your working day is done
I spoke to you of promises
If from this maelstrom I survive
By pen and  prose and poetry
I'll keep your sacrifice alive
I spoke to you of legacy
For when this hellish time is through
All those who hauled or charged or carried
Will be regarded heroes too
I spoke to you in dulcet tones
Your eye told me you understood
As I squeezed my trigger to bring you peace
The the only way I could
And I spoke to you in whispers......... WW1 - The Great War 1914-1918 “Lest We Forget” #versailles #passchendaele #verdun #gallipoli #marne #jutland #somme #ypres #cambrai #respect #sacrifice #poppy #royalbritishlegion #ww1 #douglashaig #lestweforget #armedforces #military #commanderinchief #britisharmy #poppy #remembrance #neverforget #westernfront #royalmilitaryacademysandurst #greatwar #armycorps #ww1centenary

I SPOKE TO YOU IN WHISPERS By Neil Andrew I spoke to you in whispers As shells made the ground beneath us quake We both trembled in that crater A toxic muddy bloody lake I spoke to you and pulled your ears To try and quell your fearful eye As bullets whizzed through the raindrops And we watched the men around us die I spoke to you in stable tones A quiet tranquil voice At least I volunteered to fight You didn't get to make the choice I spoke to you of old times Perhaps you went before the plough And pulled the haycart from the meadow Far from where we're dying now I spoke to you of grooming Of when the ploughman made you shine Not the shrapnel wounds and bleeding flanks Mane filled with mud and wire and grime I spoke to you of courage As gas filled the Flanders air Watched you struggle in the mud Harness acting like a snare I spoke to you of peaceful fields Grazing beneath a setting sun Time to rest your torn and tired body Your working day is done I spoke to you of promises If from this maelstrom I survive By pen and prose and poetry I'll keep your sacrifice alive I spoke to you of legacy For when this hellish time is through All those who hauled or charged or carried Will be regarded heroes too I spoke to you in dulcet tones Your eye told me you understood As I squeezed my trigger to bring you peace The the only way I could And I spoke to you in whispers......... WW1 - The Great War 1914-1918 “Lest We Forget” #versailles  #passchendaele  #verdun  #gallipoli  #marne  #jutland  #somme  #ypres  #cambrai  #respect  #sacrifice  #poppy  #royalbritishlegion  #ww1  #douglashaig  #lestweforget  #armedforces  #military  #commanderinchief  #britisharmy  #poppy  #remembrance  #neverforget  #westernfront  #royalmilitaryacademysandurst  #greatwar  #armycorps  #ww1centenary 

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