Treasure Island

Colin Ian Jeffery

(20th May 1942 / Caterham)

BATTLE OF BRITAIN


'Never before in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so
many to so few.'
Winston Churchill 1940

The siren scrambles the spitfire squadron
Young pilots mostly in their teens
Rush to clamber into cockpits
Engines roar, and planes race down the runway
Rising skyward in battle formation.

Fear grips and some pilots want to vomit
Flying upwards they seek advantage of height
Above the slow droning German bombers
Targeting England's cities and ports
Guarded by darting M109 Messerschmitt fighters.

' Here we go, ' radios an Aussie squadron leader
' Let's give the blighters hell.'
And out of the sun with cannons roaring
Spitfires attack like deadly hawks
Twisting and turning as the savage dogfight ensues.

Sergeant-pilot Peter Duncan trapped
Tries frantically to free his jammed cockpit cover
But flames engulf him - - melting hands and face
The spitfire spirals to the ground
Exploding in a fireball ending the sergeant's suffering.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Edited: Thursday, September 18, 2014

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  • Hakurasen Lee (12/12/2008 6:52:00 PM)

    This is really beautiful. I love poems about wars :) Especially from foreign countries.
    have a lovely Christmas! !
    -helena (Report) Reply

  • David Desantis (10/6/2008 9:54:00 AM)

    Such a true quote...excellent write filled with intensity and a very true taste of one of the wars pivotal battles. Great write, loved the pace and feel 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Phil Major (10/3/2008 11:33:00 AM)

    My friend, it is I that must tip my hat to you. I actually felt I was right there in the thick of it all. Well Done! (Report) Reply

  • Ben Littlechild (9/17/2008 3:08:00 PM)

    a great piece of work, really tells the story of those dark hours and the brave men that stood for us against the onslaught. (Report) Reply

  • Lola Romero (9/15/2008 7:26:00 AM)

    beautiful in an abstract way that the darkness of the context can be seen to be visually and emotionally appealing. well done. (Report) Reply

  • Cordell Rich (8/31/2008 1:51:00 AM)

    Well done. I love a poem that does not rhyme and still has beauty because of how it is constructed and this poem does that. Also as a combat Vet myself I appreciate the subject. (Report) Reply

  • Khalid Rawat (8/22/2008 12:10:00 AM)

    The poem gives the savour of some of homeric scenes, painted by the great Homer in his Illiad. I congratulate you for your clarity and depiction of the scene. (Report) Reply

  • Cyclopseven R (8/18/2008 12:24:00 AM)

    Bravery ended bravely. My salute to you and Sergeant-Pilot - Peter Duncan. Very well written Colin. God Bless (Report) Reply

  • Wre Rabaca (8/15/2008 6:13:00 PM)

    This is a wonderfully written poem. It is a real pleasure for an american to read a poem on Brittish history. (Report) Reply

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