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The Mother's Lament

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1 The Mother's Lament on Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:01 am

A MOTHERS LAMENT by Paul Kennelly Aug 3 2010


Twas’ to the sound of beating drum , we lost our paper hanging son
“ for King and country , come to France , give Kaiser Bill a merry dance “


and so it was , he signed his name and on his boyish youthful frame
a uniform of khaki best , with cap and Royal cipher crest


and once the ink was on the page , our Tommy lied about his age
of fifteen summers he had seen , no more he’ll see our hills of green


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Each night I hear that order call, then see his body , lifeless fall
and from his lips, these words , no other
calling out for Mother


now to the regiment he’s gone , with all his uniform upon
and then by troop ship , trenches bound , the great adventure to be found


then France and true reality , bombardment of artillery
in stinking mud and trenches deep , on constant watch with little sleep


bursting shells that bleed his ears, his fellow soldiers full of tears
a bang, a smoke still on his lips, his dearest pal is blown to bits


another flash, blood on his palms , as Jack lies dying in his arms
thus in such terror of the fight, our boy takes off , into the night


a coward , call him what you will, but have a care before we kill
a young lad , who should not be there, of tender years and tousled hair


too soon , a firing squad awaits, our darling son at heavens gate
no dignity , in soiled clothes , to paradise our future goes


so , every night I’m by his side and hear that final fusillade
“ oh Mother , Mother , Mother dear, so very glad that you are here

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