Richard L. Cowling

Colonel (Retired) Richard L. Cowling is a former Commander of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

WHAT ARE THE WINDS?

What are the winds?
The dry leaves rustle as brisk winds blow
The north wind carries a hint of snow
And there’ll be blood on the ground below
What are the winds?

What are the winds?
The clouds are scudding across the night
The windsock’s straight as the line of flight
And all eyes watching the signal light
What are the winds?

What are the winds?
Forget the winds my son, be like
A cherry jumper[1], jab and pike
And offer a prayer to old saint mike[2]
What are the winds?

What are the winds?
The young lad followed the sage advice
He landed well, his roll precise
The old sweat slammed into jagged ice
What are the winds?

What are the winds?
The red flares[3] arc through the baleful black
The blood tub’s[4] rocketing down the track
And our old comrade[5] will ne’er be back
Not on these winds!