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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

LITTLE TOMMY.

(A Dog of the Great War 1914-1Cool




Why did they send a dog like me to the battlefields of France?
How could I help soldiers who knew they themselves had only a little survival chance.

But there I was a defenceless dog against a mighty German foe.
Running through rat infested muddy fields taking messages to and fro.

The soldiers called me "Little Tommy," I was the littlest Tommy in the regiment.
They all made a fuss of me, I reminded them of home, they said that I was heaven sent.

The day came when they put wooden ladders up the sides of the trenches.
They were all fully armed, some had cutters to cut through barbed wire fences.

Through their gas masks some of them shouted to me, "stay little Tommy, stay."
The shrill sound of whistles filled the air and soon everyone had gone away.

I heard the shells exploding, the rat-a-tat of machine guns was non-stop.
Good brave men running blindly into hell because some fool had ordered them to go over the top.

I could hear the voices of my soldier friends, "help me God" some were crying.
All around the field covered in mud and blood my soldier friends were dying.

Soon they will all be gone forever, for what? Nothing is no good reason why.
Dying in agony, thinking of their loved ones that they had kissed goodbye.

I cried too because I couldn't help them, why were they all dying this day?
Why do humans kill each other? why are their lives ending this way?

Soon the guns fell silent, nobody returned, I was in the trench all alone,
listening to the sound of dying soldiers, every prayer, every cry, every moan.

Much later I scrambled out of the trench, I wandered around the battlefield.
I kissed the faces of my poor cold dead friends, British heroes who would not yield.

Some German soldiers looked at me not believing it was a dog they were seeing.
The hugged and cuddled me, I wondered why they loved dogs, but would kill a human being.

I wandered off and found another British trench, I stayed there until the end of the war.
I came back to England wondering forever what all the dying and madness was for.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh goodness Joe, that has me in tears. Brilliant poem for today!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Linda, thank you.

I must confess that I got a bit involved emotion wise when I wrote this poem.
In my mind I had to become the Dog to tell how his thoughts and feelings might be.
As I said there were times when it did become a bit of an emotional Poem to write. Sad
Thanks again, Joe x

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Keep them coming Joe, emotional or otherwise, that are great!
If humans communicated more with words rather than violence, we would all be in a better world I reckon. You keep on with the lovely words please.xxx

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Ditto here Linda, I was picturing it in my head as I read it, and nearly cried. Imagine how little Tommy felt. Confused Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That really tugs on the heartstrings. One of your best joe

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Lovely poem Joe, but very emotional, couldn't read it all in one go, had to have a few attempts! x

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