Colin F. Jones

BOLD AND GRACIOUS MEN

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: April 10, 2007
Awarded: April 10, 2007
Millions of pathways all leading to their ends,
Snowmen melting from life’s thawing fields
There they meet all enemies and friends,
Where even the bravest lay down their battered shields.
The pathways taken have no value now,
There is no trace of where the snowmen stood,
Their bones are lost beneath time’s incessant plough,
No stains are left of their frail flesh and blood.
Now weeping we do cast our eyes henceforth,
Upon the marble bearing all their names,
The warriors who fought and died in savage war,
For those who protest now to state their claims.
Yet none can take the hero out of them,
Who served their country as bold and gracious men.