Shawn L. Bird

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poem- Remembrance Day November 11, 2013

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“Every one is going, Mom!”

“You have to do your duty, Son.”

“We desperately need the money, Hon.”

“It’ll all be jolly good fun,

and over scarce moments once it’s begun!”


Voices echo, arms wave farewell,

as adventurous lads descend into hell.

They see what boys should never see

March in when the sensible would turn and flee

They rise each day at reveille

to create a future for you and me

Built on their fear, their pride, their aim

To fight whether they be slain.


When men return, once battles end

They toast their comrades and their friends

Through years of anguish in the night

When dreams return them to the fight

Today we salute them, the wounded boys

the men of valour, whose youth was deployed

into a horror of noise and mud

baptizing them with gore and blood

So we can stand before the cenotaph

To honour their sacrifice on our behalf.

We do not glorify their war

but we know what they were fighting for.


To the boys who left home, to the men who returned whole or broken, in thanks.


Here’s a link to the song “Soldier Boy” by The Pids.  I went to high school with Stu Aspinall, who will donate a portion of all iTunes sales of this song to PTSD services for returned combatants.



8 Responses to “poem- Remembrance Day”

  1. Emma Dumitra Says:

    I love that line “We do not glorify their war/but we know what they were fighting for.” This is a beautiful poem.

  2. Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the shorties that you’ve written. So much packed into a punch, leaving just as much visual and somatic memory for the reader to revel in. Im going to check out the book you;ve written, Grace Awakening. Was it hard to get published?
    Diana Ray

    • Hi Diana,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my poetry. Thanks for visiting!

      Short version- I wrote Grace in 6 mos Oct ’08 to Apr ’09. I pitched it to a publisher Oct ’09. She asked for chapters and eventually the whole manuscript. Oct ’10 I signed contracts. There’s more after that, but it gives you an idea. 🙂

  3. I am so happy to read this. Great words for great men. Some believe Dylan didn’t value soldiers during times of war…but, he valued them deeply… the very reason for his anti war songs was the fact that he valued them too much to watch them die. Your poem reminds me of that.

  4. Just simply beautiful…incredible words.

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