Trampled where they fell, the dead and dying,
Mud and blood tainting each final breath,
Their cries unheard, unheeded by the guns,
Made one with sacred earth blasphemed by death.

Shells crack and cackle, ‘necessary evil’,
A whispered ‘Mother!’ lost amid the noise
Of killing to survive another day;
A band of warriors no more than boys.

All honour crushed beneath a kinsman’s boot,
And tales of glory seen to be a lie
By children sent to fight in Flanders’ fields
As cannon-fodder, doomed to kill or die.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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32 Responses to Waste

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Beautifully put Sue. We can never imagine how awful those days and nights of war must of been. The carnage the smell. There has always been war ever since the first human picked up a rock in anger , there will always be war because that is the nature of our species (as a whole) ..what a waste.💜💜


  2. jenanita01 says:

    I hope we never forget their sacrifice…


  3. Pingback: Waste – A Remembrance Poem by Sue Vincent… | Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A wonderful poem for Remembrance Sunday by Sue Vincent… Waste #We will remember them..


  5. V.M.Sang says:

    A beautiful tribute to those who sacrificed their lives.
    I, too, wrote a poem to commemorate the dead. If you sre interested you can read it at http://aspholessaria.wordpress.com


  6. Darlene says:

    Your poem is perfect, Sue. Thanks.


  7. TanGental says:

    very very powerful Sue. I hope this is widely shared so other’s see it


  8. The horrors of war revealed…


  9. dgkaye says:

    Hauntingly beautiful Sue. 😦 ❤


  10. The horror beyond horror is that rather than being the war to end all wars, it was the beginning of 100 years of nonstop war.


  11. Widdershins says:

    If the men in power had to fight their own wars, there’d be no more war.


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