Tell My Rose

by David McDonald
(Fife, Scotland)

From Every Soldier needs a Soul

From Every Soldier needs a Soul

Don’t let my Rose hear of how I died,
lying alone on this cold hill
Tell her that I died
surrounded by friends,
quietly and peaceful and still
Don’t tell her of the human horrors
surrounding me where I lie
Speak gently when you say to her
I spoke her name and gently cried

No mention of the bullets that tore at me
or the shrapnel in my spine
Just the hushed mention of a death
that was painless, mercifully short on time
Spare the thought of the blood I have lost
no mention of the leg that’s not there
Speak with kindness and clarity
tell of a kind nurse who stroked my hair

I want my Rose to remember
the man she loved without restrain
She should always have the memories
of me passing away without pain
Then I can face what painful death
my God has set aside for me
I can wait until I die and then watch my Rose
from above where I’ll be

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Mar 20, 2017
Tell My Rose.
by: Anonymous

Absolutely stunning. It transports me back to a time when I had to help my son with a school homework project. The theme being "A letter to a sweetheart from the trenches".
I love the way you have encapsulated so eloquently & sensitively the horrors these brave faced in the line of duty.We must never forget the sacrifices that they made for King & country. Thank you for heartfelt poem.

Dec 02, 2014
Sad but heartfelt
by: Anonymous

It was really sad but it was also very heartfelt.

Mar 26, 2013
by: Anonymous

this poem is very sad. It made me cry. I don't cry a lot but this poem was so good

Aug 13, 2012
Sad but heartlifting
by: Anonymous

The death of any soldier is a sad event, one who dies defending the memory his beloved must endure is worthy of heaven.
A very beautiful poem with words which resonate through the decades.

Jun 12, 2012
So sad, yet the love for his Rose is above all
by: Anonymous

Beautifully crafted poem about a topic very very few could understand, how involving and absolutely wonderful

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