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The Anzac

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LindsayP
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0 posted 01-23-2008 02:56 AM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


                     The Anzac

I went to see a lovely old lady that lives at the end of the street,
I wanted to hear her life’s story but I knew I’d have to be very discreet,
For she’d recently lost her life’s partner, a man quite courageous and bold,
When I asked her to tell me her story, I heard this fable unfold.

Although she was well in her nineties, her memory was sharp as a tack
And as she reached back to another era, fond memories came floating back,
She went back to the days of her childhood, the wonderful times of her teens,
The dances, the concerts, the parties and meeting the man of her dreams.

She met Jim one night at a party when he came up and asked her to dance,
He was dressed in the uniform of a soldier, she immediately thought of romance.
He was tall and very good looking and said will you have this waltz with me,
She smiled as she rose to meet him and answered shyly ‘most certainly.’

He danced with the step of an angel as she was eagerly swept off of her feet,
At the end of some dances later, he said tomorrow I sail with the fleet,
Can I take you home this evening for it’s a night I will never forget,
Tomorrow we face a long journey, the destination unknown to us yet.

He kissed me so sweetly that evening and at last he bade me farewell,
My heart was all of a flutter for I’d fell completely under his spell,
My darling will you write me a letter while I’m away at the war,
It will be something to bolster my spirits, something that’s worth fighting for.

I know that I’ve only just met you and I don’t want you to think I am bold
But if you’ll agree to write me a letter, to me it will be dearer than gold,
I knew by the way my heart fluttered that with this man I could live evermore
And I promised to answer his letters, a promise I could not ignore.

It was nearly six months later that a note came to me in the mail,
I thought he’d completely forgotten but that was now only a minor detail,
They’d spent much of that time on the water till they arrived at Gallipoli
And went straight into the raging battle that turned into a catastrophe.

The note finished by saying I love you and if I have the luck to survive
I want you to be my sweetheart, my dear for the rest of my life,
My tears of joy ran unhindered as I held that letter close to my heart
And made a silent vow to my soldier that nothing would keep us apart.

He was finally shot in that battle and came close to that demon of death
It was the thought that I’d be waiting that gave him strength for another breath,
Now when that terrible battle was over and those living, with fame were endowed
They became known to us all as the Anzac’s -- the Aussies and Kiwi’s were proud.

In time we met at the Alter with me proudly becoming his wife,
And for over sixty years we were happy in a life that was minus of strife,
We raised a wonderful family, now could anyone ask for more,
For Jim was one of the lucky Anzac’s who came home from that terrible war.


© Copyright 2008 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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1 posted 01-23-2008 03:14 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

a most wonderful tale Lindsay... hats off to our wonderful Anzacs... well done.. love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Marchmadness
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2 posted 01-23-2008 04:05 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

This is a very beautiful story and reminds me of a song I heard about this battle called "No More Waltzing Matida With Me.
Have you heard it?
                                  Ida
Honeybunch
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3 posted 01-23-2008 04:19 AM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Lindsay, this has brought tears to my eyes!  There aren't many life stores like that around.  Well told!
Clang
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4 posted 01-23-2008 09:23 AM       View Profile for Clang   Email Clang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Clang

This just shines.  Great story.
LindsayP
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Roniece, Ida, Honey Bunch and Clang

Thank you kind folks for your response,

It's appreciation like that that keeps us going. Hugs to you all.

Lindsay
Kamelian
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6 posted 01-24-2008 02:10 AM       View Profile for Kamelian   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kamelian

That's just marvellous - a real biographical type poem. It is a talent you have, to be able to tell such a story. I hope you give the lady a copy!!
Earth Angel
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7 posted 01-24-2008 01:02 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

My dear Aussie Man, as I am sure I have told you before, you are a raconteur extraordinaire! You had my rapt attention from beginning to the triumphant and emotional closing stanza. A tale well told! Gosh yer good! ~ No, yer greeaaat!

I could never tire or your tales!

Love to you and a great big hug,
Linda
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8 posted 01-24-2008 01:36 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Lindsay,

this is a beautiful poem.

Thank you for sharing this day with us.

TomMark
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9 posted 01-24-2008 02:37 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

Beautiful truly. and the story is moving.
thank you.
Tom
aziza
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Lindsay,

You took my breath with this wonderful poem.  Your friend took my heart with her wonderful story.  I am keeping this forever.

Thank you -
Alison

LindsayP
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Kamelian, Linda, Sunshine, TomMark and Aziza

What caaan I say to do justice to your

response, but one thing I do know is that having PIP friends like you kind folks really makes my day. Thank you, thank you.

Lindsay
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12 posted 01-31-2008 06:46 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Very Moving Indeed!

ARCTIC WIND
Earl Brinkman
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13 posted 08-24-2010 08:33 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

A very interesting tale!
 
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