Military Poem – A Thousand Men Walking

Joshua Dyer (aged 14) was tasked at school to write a poem for Remembrance Day 2019. An hour later (without any help) he produced this.


One thousand men are walking
Walking side by side
Singing songs from home
The spirit as their guide

they walk toward the light milord
they walk towards the sun
they smoke and laugh and smile together
no foes to outrun

these men live on forever
in the hearts of those they saved
a nation truly grateful
for the path of peace they paved

they march as friends and comrades
but they do not march for war
step closer to salvation
a tranquil steady corps

the meadows lit with golden beams
a beacon for the brave
the emerald grass untrampled
a reward for what they gave

they dream of those they left behind
and know they dream of them
forever in those poppy fields
there walks one thousand men

Joshua Dyer 2019

Lest we forget.

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