Adieu to a Soldier

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

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Adieu to a Soldier,

You of the rude campaigning, (which we shared,)

The rapid march, the life of camp,

The hot contention of opposing fronts, the long manoeuvre,

Red battles with their slaughter, the stimulus, the strong terrific game,

spell of all brave and manly hearts, the trains of time through you

and like you all fill’d,

With war and war’s expression.

us.soldier.afghanistanAdieu dear comrade,

Your mission is fulfill’d – but I, more warlike,

Myself and this contentious soul of mine,

Still on our own campaigning bound,

Through untried roads with ambushes opponents lined,

Through many a sharp defeat and many a crisis, often baffled,

Here marching, ever marching on, a war fight out – aye here,

To fiercer, weightier battles give expression.

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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