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To War, To Death

With heavy heart I take my leave of her.

My loves' desperate screams pierce the still morn.

To war I go and must not look back for fear of faltering.

A duty to perform, a faceless enemy awaits.


Like a young herd of cattle comrades huddle together.

Seventeen and ashen faced their terror swells within.

In my hand a cherished picture firmly clasped.

There will be a time to let go, but it is not in this moment.


The dust and smoke erupts on landing.

My heart, racing so ferociously, might leap from my chest

My weapon of slaughter cocked menacingly

I run blind into this frenzy of hate.


The executed collapse around me

A steady tide of innocent blood saturates my leaden boots.

A searing pain rips through my wearied body

I surrender myself to the inevitable darkness.


My spirit is extinguished now

A crushing sense of unfulfillment envelopes me

My love awaits an impossible reunion

My fingers unfurl, memories to dust.

By Steve Ormsby

Rhythm 'n' Rhyme Showcase

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Anonymous - The Cat's Prayer
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Colin T Mercer - How I Start Each Day
Dan Eggs - Work
Daniel Egede - Work
Edward Robinson - Knackered
Emma Jones - The Storm
Emma Jones - Working
Geraldine McMullan - The Plumber's Daughter
Jean Vance - A Silent Cry
Jennifer M Frew - Serenity
Louise Mercer - Birds
Paul Jeffcutt - In Employment
Peter King - Rathlin
Neil Joseph Burns - On A Girl Trying to Maintain Her Dignity
Neil Joseph Burns - The Night Weaver
Sean Mullin - 3722
Steve Ormsby - To War, To Death
Vincent Marmion - At the Bar
Vincent Marmion - Overpowering
Vincent Marmion - The Party After the Funeral

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