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Unknown Soldier - Poem by Alf Hutchison

To the memory of all who have fallen in war.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning …we will remember them


“Where have all the soldiers gone, ”
“Gone to graveyards everyone; ”
Peter Seeger’s sung melodies...
A grieving mother’s sad memories.
Our mother’s sons gone to war,
Repeated untold times before,
Gone to fight for kith and kin,
Each mother’s heart broken within.
Waiting for that ‘gram’ to arrive,
Your son is not coming home alive;
'Your son is missing presumed dead',
That is how those telegrams read.
Now buried deep, so far from home
Beneath some foreign turf and loam.
A Bayoneted rifle marks the hamlet,
Atop the butt, a mangled helmet,
No ‘dog tags’, neck laced identity,
An unmarked grave… for eternity.

Where is the sanity of it all,
Where is the sense of it all,
“When will we ever learn,
When… will we ever learn.”
Alf Hutchison

Comments about Unknown Soldier by Alf Hutchison

  • Rookie - 7 Points Ritty Patnaik (11/14/2009 7:59:00 AM)

    wars were fought for territory, agrandisement before, and now for ego countries fight.unless the concept of universal brotherhood does not set in wars will be fought, and mothers will lose their precious ones in the battlefields.your poem touches the core of the heart.great poem.
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  • Rookie - 0 Points John Mcmanus (11/11/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    Well said Alf, it's a bloody disgrace that troops are being allowed to die in what is a farce of a war/occupation. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barbara Terry (11/8/2009 11:27:00 AM)

    As long as there are greedy men who think their ideas are the best, and they can't take constructive criticisms, there will always be war. For me I wish there was no such thing as wars, guns, missiles, tanks, atomic bombs, nuclear fision, and other weapons of destruction. My favorite all time sci-fi movie is the original The Day The Earth Stood Still (1953, Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe) . If everybody in the whole world were to follow the moral of that movie, this would be a wonderful planet to live on. But until men can come to some kind of understanding that war only devastates the innocent bystanders and shreds families by taking their young, there will always be conflict in the world somewhere, for some idiotic reason nobody can fathom.

    Your poem hits home for many of us who have family or had family in the military. I am happy to say that all 5 of them have come alive. Four of them were my uncles in WWII, and recently my nephew who was engaged in the Gulf War. He came home safe and sound.

    If you were to ask me why we have wars, see my first paragraph. This rates a 10+++++ and thank you for sharing.

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