Colin Ian Jeffery

(20th May 1942 / Caterham)

HELL ON THE WESTERN FRONT


The machine gun in the First World War
turned no-man’s land into a slaughter house
which killed thousands. At the battle of the
Somme 10,000 British soldiers fell before the
deadly machine guns... within minutes of
leaving the trenches.


Chitter chatter, chitter chatter
Melody of the machine gun
Spaying death into no-man’s land
Cutting down solders
Like a harvester slicing through wheat.

Chitter chatter, chitter chatter
Nowhere to run and hide
Calling for their mothers
Some dying alone in the mud
Others tangled on the wire.

Chitter chatter, chitter chatter
Gunners want to stop the dance of death
But the soldiers keep on coming
And with new belts of bullets ready
Hell has come to the Western Front.

Submitted: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 07, 2014

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  • Barnabas Michael (3/17/2014 2:19:00 AM)

    I find this poem very well written, i also like your point of view.... And once againg you end genius... (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (3/8/2014 8:02:00 AM)

    A very intense and powerful write about the ravages of war. Death and
    destruction have exacted their toll on mankind. Will there ever be an end
    to it. No war no peace. Very good. (Report) Reply

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