For the single young solder who won`t see the dawn,
For the lonely young lady who waits for her lad,
For the mother who frets when the battle is bad.
For donkeys and ponies who stood to the fore,
And who never did flinch in the blood and the gore,
For dogs and for pigeons, who also took part
With angelic wings and a `giant – like` heart.
For all the young warriors lost to the fight,
Who gave their last breath for the cause of this plight,
For millions of surnames initialled in stone,
Who went to the battle, and never came home.
For heroes and horses, and animals good,
Unblinking, unswerving, who fell where they stood,
The freedom you gave us, your sacrifice made,
Cannot!. – In our lifetime!. – Be ever re – paid!.
Rest in perfect peace my heroes. – I am eternally grateful
to you all. xx ( Heroes and Horses! ). xx
( Copyright Michael Westwood 2016 )
Painting ‘For Heroes And Horses, The Poppies Grow’ by Jacqueline Hurley from The War Poppy Collection 1914-1918 http://www.poshoriginalart.co.uk