Colin F. Jones

TO TELL THEM WHY

As I died,
in the violent fray,
I saw you near me,
Keeping them at bay,
I saw you crying,
As the smoke did clear,
Still there trying,
To overcome the fear.
You held my body,
As it lay there dead,
All dank and soggy,
With a shattered head.
I looked down on you,
With a loving smile,
As for a moment,
I paused for a while,
To say goodbye,
And silently to ask,
For me don’t cry,
I carried out my task.
As I left thee,
For another place,
I saw a smile,
On your knowing face
I died that you could,
Tell them what’s it’s for,
A soldier’s sacrifice,
In a torrid war.