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One Hour before the Dawn

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Rod
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              ONE HOUR BEFORE THE DAWN

                                                                      by  Rod Walford


She stands alone, small, cold and frail,
A light rain falls on the Cenotaph’s rail
On a cold and bleak foreboding morn,
At just one hour before the dawn.

She feels no pain, she sheds no tears,
Her thoughts transcending through the years;
Her noble head is bowed in prayer,
Stilled in the time she lost him there.......

On a lonely field in a place called hell,
Of battle flame and raining shell,
His injured comrade on his back,
He carried through his grim attack.

Yet fate was cruel - the sniper’s round
That cut her husband to the ground
Served only as a bridge in time
Beyond it’s unforgiving line.........

She may not walk, ere years must pass
But still remains his faithful lass;
No other man his place could take
Nor share her picnic by the lake.

And now on each remembrance morn,
At just one hour before the dawn;
The hallowed hour at which he fell,
His spirit moves, in her to dwell.

As dark horizon turns to grey,
The pipes lament the break of day;
The wreaths of poppies laid with love
Pay homage to the souls above.


She lifts her head now, dignified;
And in her eyes, the glow of pride
For, tightly held in her dear hand
The one that wears his wedding band....

She holds the secret so long cherished
The symbol of a love unperished
And in the dawn light’s ghostly pallor
The simple wording reads  “For Valour”.

Bereavement’s shadow drapes its cloak
Around the widow’s heart of oak
Behold! - the weight of tragic loss
She bears as One who bore the Cross.

Unknown, uncounted days remain
Then she’ll be with her love again.
In Heaven’s mirror, brightly viewed,
Her country’s love - and gratitude.

Lest we forget to bear in mind
The ladies who were left behind,
Though age may weary and condemn,
We ever should remember them,

Their courage knows no bounds of time,
Though earthly flesh may wither;
Whoever would true valour see  
Let him come hither.


© Rod Walford 1999


© Copyright 1999 Rod Walford - All Rights Reserved
A Romantic Heart
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1 posted 12-08-1999 04:40 AM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

I liked the words you chose, and it touched me deeply!  

WELCOME to passions!

Great first time poem!
Severn
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2 posted 12-08-1999 04:47 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Rod, welcome to Passions!  

The first word that springs to mind for this piece is graceful. It is deep also, and is very moving.
I particularly liked the line 'bereavement's shadow drapes its cloak'

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3 posted 12-08-1999 05:03 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Welcome to the family! This is a wonderful poem, rich in story and imagery! I look forward to reading more of your work!  
RainbowGirl
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4 posted 12-08-1999 07:27 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Rod: A wonderful tribute.. and welcome.. )

HUGS

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

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5 posted 12-08-1999 07:38 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Poignant and beautiful... well done! And Welcome!!!
Nan
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Welcome to Passions, Rod..
Your work is wonderful... You'll fit in here beautifully... Keep 'em coming...
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7 posted 12-08-1999 07:48 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Rod -
Welcome.  You sure made one heck of an entrance.  Haunting and lovely.


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8 posted 12-08-1999 09:07 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Well done.  Enjoyed.
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9 posted 12-08-1999 09:50 AM       View Profile for Betty Gravitt   Email Betty Gravitt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Betty Gravitt

Beautiful poem Rod. Look forward to reading more from you.
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Rod, this is excellent, your choice of words and imagery in it were great. The flow was good and your rhyme also. Let me wish you a warm welcome to passions and I'm looking forward to more  
Ruth
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Very moving, beautifully written piece Rod and a big Welcome to Passions. I look forward to enjoying more of your work.......

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!


Denise
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Rod, this is an exceptional piece of writing!  Very well done.

 Denise


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13 posted 12-11-1999 04:56 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Truly this is excellent work.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
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14 posted 12-11-1999 05:11 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Well, you are certainly a weaver, Sir.

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

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15 posted 12-11-1999 05:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

men to your poem, Rod. Glad to have you here.
 
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