The Unknown Soldier's Prayer

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The Unknown Soldier’s Prayer


I could be your husband, father, son.

The lost bones of another pointless war.

A flag to drape across my resting place,

transported from a distant, hostile shore.


I could have been a tinker, tailor, thief ,

lying here for a century and more,

those passing trades mean little to me - now

the angry guns have relinquished their roar.


At least I’m home and represent the lost -

just one of thousands who all went before

and did not return to their hearths of peace.

Never forget we nameless, I implore.

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◄ Wraith

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<Deleted User> (18980)

Wed 18th Nov 2020 19:42

I would argue that wars generally do have point, though we may not always agree with them. Land grab, ethnic cleansing, empire ambitions etc. We do however tend to see a point in fighting back against the aggressor.

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 18th Nov 2020 14:52

thanks for the likes and the very kind comments I appreciate it.

Bryan - I didn't say ALL war was pointless - but the inability of the human species to resolve disputes without resorting to war makes it close to pointless 😉

<Deleted User> (18980)

Thu 12th Nov 2020 07:59

I like the poem Ian, and war is many negative things but not always pointless. If we had taken that view 60 years ago, you and I would not be able to speak and write freely as we do now.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 11th Nov 2020 17:35

What a wonderful poem. Something about commemoration of loss seems to bring out the best in poets.

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julie callaghan

Wed 11th Nov 2020 16:56

A lovely poem, thank you. I learned today that Brigadier General Louis John Wyatt who was responsible for selecting the Unknown Warrior is buried in our Local Churchyard alongside his wife.

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