‘OVER THE TOP’!
The bugle call had cried.
Men charged forward and there they fought.
Serving for their nation, by the giving of their lives.
The Battle of the Somme.
Hundred years now gone in our past; on this day, the first of July.
Courage and honor contested, 7:30 that morning at dawn.
The Great War raged along evermore until the end was penned in Versailles.
‘RETREAT’! The whistle soundly resumes…
Politics of the world had collided as people were merely consumed.
Attacks drawn upon defenses of trench and barricades.
Scars cut into distant landscapes; with bloodshed of our mortal wounds.
Months of perpetual devastation spent as society’s legacy was repaid.
The bugle then solemnly replied.
The battle was then over, soldiers had given their utmost.
That moment stands in eternal glory, as our memories will always reside.
~ an EWK Poe’em ©2016 EWK
(inspired by an appreciation of history)
/// Historical reference:
‘Last Post’ is a bugle call. Considered to have been sounded at the conclusion of battle as a calling of troops to resort to their posts for rest and for individual soldiers that may be stranded within the battlefield (‘No Man’s Land’) to consider this as a signal to seek aid, attempt to join their own defensive lines, or consider it as a homage to their suffering and final loss.
The Battle of the Somme was considered one of the most devastating battles of World War One. The initial battle charge of the British/French and Allied forces into the ‘No Man’s Land’ battlefront started promptly at 7:30 am on the morning of July 1, 1916. This first offensive attempt by the Allies was preceded for as many as 5 days of artillery barrage of well-over a million munition shells into the front line and surrounding trench fortifications of the German troops prior to the 1st of July. The Battle of the Somme continued on for 141 consecutive days, resulting in immense loss of lives and debilitating injuries in the millions. This event was neither the beginning, nor the end of the war.
The 1st of July, 2016 marks the Centennial Remembrance of this historic event.
The tradition and use of the ‘poppy of remembrance’ flower was initially inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’; written by John McCrae in May 1915, as a symbol of the sacrifices and loss of soldiers who fought in World War 1.
In memory… for eternity.