Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 131 – Double Etheree – Old Soldiers by Sally Cronin

Delighted to say that Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 131 is back and we have missed Colleen Chesebro as she has moved to her new home and settled in..

This week Colleen has set us a challenge to find synonyms for ‘Beginning and Consume’ in our poem and I have chosen ‘Onset and Devour’.

As we have just commemorated the D.Day Landings, and watched the last remaining survivors relive their experiences, I wanted to honour my grandfather and his comrades from an earlier war too.

Here is my double etheree…

Image Sally Cronin

Old Soldiers by Sally Cronin

Old
soldiers
pack away
their uniforms
place treasured medals
in velvet lined cases
proud reminders of their youth
and the onset of the battle
when fear threatened to devour them
as comrades fell to the sand at their side
Many a tear will roll down wizened cheeks
now this anniversary has passed
and although khaki and merits
are returned to their boxes
the memories remain
etched upon their hearts
their minds and dreams
where comrades
haunt them
still.

©Sally Cronin 2019.

If you would like to participate in this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 131 you have until Sunday to get your syllables in order.. thanks Sally.

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62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 131 – Double Etheree – Old Soldiers by Sally Cronin

  1. I watched those veterans return to Normandy, their eyes filled with memories- some good, most heartbreaking and I can only pray we never have to relive that horror.
    You’ve captured the essence of their feelings perfectly, Sally. This is beautiful ❤

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