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The Wall

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 07 Jan 2017, 15:53

I hope this one hasn't been posted before, but I discovered this wonderful poem tonight, written by Flight Lieutenant William Walker [one of the Few], who passed on at the age of 99 in 2012.

'Our Wall' by William Walker

Here inscribed the names of friends we knew,
Young men with whom we often flew.
Scrambled to many angels high,
They knew that they or friends might die.
Many were very scarcely trained,
And many badly burnt or maimed.
Behind each name a story lies
Of bravery in summer skies;
Though many brave unwritten tales
Were simply told in vapour trails.
Many now lie in sacred graves
And many rest beneath the waves.
Outnumbered every day they flew,
Remembered here as just 'The Few'.
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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Re: The Wall

Postby Frecks » 07 Jan 2017, 21:29

That is very moving OzB.
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Re: The Wall

Postby Spitfire666 » 07 Jan 2017, 22:28

Thanks for this, OzB. It is beautiful, and I am pretty sure has not been put on here before.
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Re: The Wall

Postby tiffinata » 07 Jan 2017, 22:29

It is.
'....you cannot flout Nature with impunity. Treat Nature with respect, and she will tolerate you, even encourage you; but treat her with contempt, and your days are numbered.' Hits the Trail
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Postby kylie_koyote » 09 Jan 2017, 12:47

Thank you for sharing, that is lovely.
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