Robert E. Kerr

Bob is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy and is in the communications trade. He lives in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.


Cpl Daniel Gunther
Cpl Daniel Gunther

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry
Awarded: November 2001
Had I seen him fall…
I could have caught him
Eased his pain and
Bound his wounds-
He’d not have passed alone
So far from home.
Had I heard the shot
Had I seen the shooter
Had I seen him exposed
Had I been able to yell –
Had I … had I …
So far from home
My mind knows all the reasons
but my heart hears only the tears,
That he had to be there and fall
In somebody else’s bloody business –
In the insanity of their freedom –
So far from home.

Author’s Note: Dedicated to Corporal Daniel Gunther, a Canadian United Nations Peacekeeper, who was attacked and killed near Buci, Bosnia on 18 June 1993