Veterans Poems

DOVE WITH A BROKEN WING
Unknown

While walking down a usual path to welcome in the spring
I chanced upon a graceful dove, which had a broken wing.
He looked so out of place to me, helpless on the ground.
As I moved to where he lay, I heard a mournful sound.
My heart was burdened by the thought, that I could do no good.
He seemed to sense that I would help him, if only I could.
I gently held him to my breast as minutes turned to hours.
I knew his life was slipping past as we sat among the flowers.
I begged him to forgive me for the things I could not do
and promised him “That if I could I’d give my wings to you”
I glanced above and found his friends that circled in the skies
Then noticed that my wounded dove had closed his gentle eyes.
One cannot change the way of things, I thought as I made his grave.
Nor is a single moment yours, to stop the clock and save.
Then as I walked away from him, I heard an angel sing
and I knew someday I’d meet again, my dove with a broken wing.

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A Diggers job!
Nick Latham

‘Coo-ee is called why don’t you come
Australia flagged  her cherished son’s

As mates they drilled to a drum at dawn
Friendships for life were forever formed

Destined to fight in a distant land
Always ready to lend a hand

The Digger’s legend  is second to none
As always prepared a job well done

In life willing to give without regret
In passing  remembered, lest we forget.’

My will to fight!
Nick Latham

I joined a Navy so proud and true
Only to find I sailed the deep blue

The action was blazing in a foriegn land
I could no longer march to the Naval band

I deserted my post to enlist once more
Under my mothers maiden name of Podmore

I joined as a Machine Gunner in the mighty Light Horse
I was no deserter I had no remorse

To the front in Palestine I was sent
To fight a foreign enemy was our intent

As battle of Beersheba raged on
I was injured by an airbourne bomb

My wound became infected but I managed to rest
To return home as one of Australias best

I saluted the comrades whom deliverd me from harm
To allow me to die down under in mum’s arms.