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hero – poem reason2rhyme

August 27, 2012

Karen at reason2rhyme has suggested we write a poem to tribute a hero. Stop by and give it a try.

just words to some
who have never known the darkest times

though Britain stands alone
through will and bulldog grit
infuses strength into the nation they call home

Against all odds protecting moor and meadow
a nation gaunt and grim
defiant beneath death and slavery’s shadow

rallied from beneath the blitzkrieg’s blow
“we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender”
When just across the Channel lies the foe

young men soar again, again into the sky
in hurricanes and nimble spitfires
defend the coast no rest just fly or die

at the cost in men that must come due
“never in the field of human conflict
has so much been owed by so many to so few”

hard won, still free at last
but at the cost of Britain’s empire
cast aside reminder of a painful past

no longer taught in schools
a passing relic
a meaningless event, an ancient fool

some are born when need arises
step to the breach the gap to fill
greatest of his generation


* quoted passages are from speeches by Winston Churchill, 1875 – 1965

  1. Scarlet Rose Creations permalink

    I liked your fromat, with the words describing heroism as the first line of every stanza. Great job!

  2. Nice…drew a blank on this one.

  3. Like it. Especially letting the reader figure out who it is before identifying him.

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