The Unknown Warrior

Frank is standing on my left
Whilst Charlie’s to my right
In front of me the ladder
We’re shivering with fright

The guns have fallen silent
I’m picked for the first wave
The Sergeant comes along the line
He tells us to be brave

We stand and wait the whistle
My sense says, go on flee
I’m scared of all the things out there
Of things they’d do to me

I have a bullet chambered
My Bayonets fixed on tight
Both hands are now all sweaty
I got no sleep last night

I catch a glance at Charlie
We hear the whistle blow
I’m climbing up the ladder now
I hope my nerves don’t show

I take just four steps forward
One mighty stumble back
Now I’m laying in the mud
I can’t hear the attack

Then silence all around me
My eyes gaze to the sky
Its then I see my whole life
It all comes fleeting by

Then suddenly in darkness
My senses fade away
I cannot feel my breathing
Inside I start to sway

Why can’t I feel my body?
My eyes nowhere to weep
My last thoughts are of mother
I cannot stop this sleep

©karltearney

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