Shawn L. Bird

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poem-sacrifice October 24, 2014

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An Argyll and Sutherland Highlander’s

simple service:

honour guard,

in respectful silence, stand proud

beneath a towering arch,

the bronze visages of

the nation’s memorial to those

fallen in foreign wars,

Keeping faith at the tomb

of the unknown soldier,

Clad in kilt  and jacket,

green as the fields of France,

red and white stockings over

shining white spats,

bronze warriors towering above


as one of Princess Louise’s Highlanders





This poem references the powerful political cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon drawn in the aftermath of the shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo (a reservist with the Argylls and Sutherland Highlanders) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, October 22, 2014:

Here is Corp Cirillo guarding the national war memorial:

The Argylls and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada on parade.

(I thought I was just posting links to original sites, but the images are showing up. Copyright remains with original sources).


19 Responses to “poem-sacrifice”

  1. mihrank Says:

    I admit – you have the most powerful words in your poem,

  2. New Monk Says:

    I have no idea about what is going on there in Canada but any kind of harm is not acceptable. your poem inspired me to write more on national integrity and on those warriors who saved our life at the risk of their own.

    Thank you

  3. macjam47 Says:

    So sad. So, so sad.

  4. elainajhunt Says:

    Just beautifully written (:

  5. wonderful words to such a sad & tragic moment

  6. georgiakevin Says:

    Your poem is timely and gently written. My deepest respect for this brave soldier and my deepest sympathy for his family.

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