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Soldier - Poem by Alf Hutchison

A tribute to Rhodesia's Soldier Pioneers.

He held Dads medals in his hand,
As they lowered his casket down
A hole dug in that barren land,
On the slopes of Salisbury Town.

Head bowed down towards the sand,
Tears raining from his eye,
On the Medals clutched within his hand,
Like raindrops from on high.

He listened to the prayers and Word,
And to the eulogy;
No finer words had this lad heard,
Of his only progeny.

Rhodesia was, in those first days,
Untamed and fancy free,
Dingaan was the black mans praise,
King of M’tabele.

All the pacts and treaties broken,
By Dingaan and his son,
Treaties both penned and spoken,
Now broken every one.

Rebellion grew against those white
By blacks a thirst for war,
Warriors vexing their great might
Were fifty score, times four.

An assegai had pierced his chest,
As he fought hand to hand.
These ‘Murungus’ coming from the west,
Unwelcomed in Black’s land.

Proud medals from some distant war,
His life’s worth left to show,
Reminders of campaigns of yore,
Fought for a land… he’d never know.


Comments about Soldier by Alf Hutchison

  • Rookie ~ Jon London ~ (7/5/2009 11:45:00 AM)

    A true and raw piece...that captures the nature of what this world has turned a blind eye to....Only snippets of such wars are captured by the civilians of this world...yet the truth..returns home with the endless body count of the full hearted lions of the field...fighting to protect the people of this world and to protect what they hold so dear to them.....the truth behind war will never be fully appreciated by many..but the families who are left childless..or parent-less by such a fight....thank you Alf for bringing this to many attention...this is a much needed share...for many to come to understand...what it actually takes to protect them in their busy lives....10++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 207 Points Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (6/17/2009 2:17:00 PM)

    Most of 'em would never know what they're fighting for.Its no longer about the land or leaderships, but its whose who, the strongest cuz only the strongest rules n survives, but not for long! Great piece Alf! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gus Mason (6/17/2009 3:16:00 AM)

    Thank you for this piece Alf. a really epic penning to go with my Henry Hollis 12 bore relic of that war.10+.
    Sombre, wretching, touching reflection
    Was the dead man's name Hutchison? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Soldier

  1. 1. A Soldier , Robert Frost
  2. 2. 1914 V: The Soldier , Rupert Brooke
  3. 3. The Soldier , Robert Frost
  4. 4. A Mystic As Soldier , Siegfried Sassoon
  5. 5. Adieu To A Soldier , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. The Young British Soldier , Rudyard Kipling
  7. 7. The Soldier Fights , katie
  8. 8. The Fallen Soldier , Branden Hidalgo
  9. 9. Prayer Of A Soldier In France , Joyce Kilmer
  10. 10. Soldier An' Sailor Too , Rudyard Kipling
  11. 11. The Young Soldier , Wilfred Owen
  12. 12. Young Soldier , Only Yours
  13. 13. Unknown Soldier , Alf Hutchison
  14. 14. The Soldier (Memorial Day Memorial Day M.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  15. 15. Soldier, Soldier , Rudyard Kipling
  16. 16. Soldier, Maiden, And Flower , Eugene Field
  17. 17. The Soldier , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  18. 18. God And The Soldier , Anonymous Americas
  19. 19. God And The Soldier , Anonymous
  20. 20. The Death Of A Soldier , Wallace Stevens
  21. 21. The Dumb Soldier , Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. 22. The Soldier , katie
  23. 23. A Tale From A Union Soldier , Jeff Fleischer
  24. 24. ! Soldier Vs Terrorists! , Rema Prasanaa
  25. 25. Soldier, Rest! Thy Warfare O'Er, , Sir Walter Scott
  26. 26. Soldier , Alf Hutchison
  27. 27. Soldier Freddy , Spike Milligan
  28. 28. Just A Soldier , Eleanor ...
  29. 29. Hello, Soldier! , Edward George Dyson
  30. 30. The Soldier , John Clare
  31. 31. A Soldier , Summer Sandercox
  32. 32. Soldier: Twentieth Century , Isaac Rosenberg
  33. 33. The Broken Soldier , Katharine Tynan
  34. 34. Any Soldier To His Son , Anonymous English
  35. 35. Taps For My Soldier , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. Dirge For A Soldier , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  37. 37. A Soldier , Denise Girod
  38. 38. The Wars And The Unknown Soldier , Conrad Potter Aiken
  39. 39. A Soldier Home From A War , David Harris
  40. 40. The Soldier Boy Lies Dying , Scarlett Treat
  41. 41. ! Soldier ! , GAYATRI NAMBIAR
  42. 42. A Soldier To America. , JOSE MURGUIA
  43. 43. The Young Soldier , Katharine Tynan
  44. 44. The Return Of The Soldier , Franklin Pierce Adams
  45. 45. Welcome Home Soldier , David Barlow
  46. 46. My Husband, My Soldier, My Hero, My Friend , Courtney Lane
  47. 47. Soldier Going To The War , Richard Le Gallienne
  48. 48. Oh! He's Nothing But A Soldier , Anonymous Americas
  49. 49. The Soldier , Leon Gellert
  50. 50. Soldier, Wake , Sir Walter Scott
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