Polly

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They Will March

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Thousands of people lined the streets to welcome nearly 800 soldiers home – early that same morning, the troops gathered …

They Will March

They will March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March to tribute
In our streets.

An early morning;
Mercians gathering
In the street below.
Fatigues,
Scarlet jackets,
Boots,
White gloves, bare hands.
Dish topped radio van
To record,
The March,
‘Be Part Of It’.
Two hours to go.
Interviews, medals,
Uniform, photos,
Smiling faces chewing gum.
Units together … again
To March.

They will March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March to tribute
In our streets.

Passers by pause,
To look,
With take-away coffee
Clutched in curious hands.
Guildhall door
Opens
And more
Of our
Boys spew out,
To join in,
Salute.
Two hours to go.
Old friends greet,
Snap, snap,
Pictures,
Smart striped trouser legs,
To March.

They will March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March to tribute
In our streets.

Journos and
Jottings,
A phone
As recorder he
Talks into hands,
Expressive, thumbs up,
Point,
Bring together,
Shake.
Camouflage is incongruous
In
The High Street.
Green berets, black and gold hats,
Grenadier bearskin.
Two hours,
To the March.

They will March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March to tribute
In our streets.

Sip water, yawn, yawn,
Talk, talk,
Nod, nod, wait, wait,
For the March,
Beneath the Rowan tree,
In town.
Some contrast
To the fields of battle.
Someone cleans the brass
On the Guildhall door.
Schoolboys stop and stare,
Soldier waves, smiles,
Boy waves back.
Camera,
Huge extending lens and mic boom, hairy.
All awaiting
The March.

They will March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March,
Ch, ch, ch,
March to tribute
In our streets.

Polly Robinson © 2012

Shared in the  dVerse Poets Pub October 2012

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30 thoughts on “They Will March

  1. “Some contrast
    To the fields of battle”….
    “Solider waves, smiles
    Boy waves back”

    The contrast is so powerful, Polly. 😉

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  2. This was so marvellous to watch, the whole thing was about contrasts. The press picked up on the actual event, but it was, for me, far more interesting to watch the preparations and the way people responded to these young, young men, who have seen more in their lives than many of us would ever wish to …

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  3. Very well said! 😉
    Hey Polly I had a dream about fog last night! In the dream I was running along a path near the bosque where a thick fog lined the entire stretch of river. I thought “Well of course there’s fog along the river bank. I’ll have to correct myself and tell Polly that yes we do have fog, I just never see it from my house.” LOL

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  4. lol – what a hoot! So you do have fog after all! heh-heh 🙂

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  5. Great rhythm here. k

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    • Thanks k – it was a wonderful experience – I’m planning to do this as an interactive poem, the audience can do the ‘ch, ch, ch,’ marching bits, could I ask for your thoughts on this? 🙂

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  6. Would be fun to perform, I think.

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  7. Got the marching rhythm in my head…
    Didn’t see the actual event, but was strange later in the day seeing all these young lads mooching about town – basically larking about like the kids some of them still are. It makes you think, doesn’t it…

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    • I was watching the ones that were receiving awards being interviewed, just boys … yet clearly men who have seen too much … yes, it sure does make you think …

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  8. wow a reverberating poem, powerful x

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  9. Could see, hear and smell the day; wonderful poem and so very vivid. Gorgeous. x

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  10. Lovely poem there Polly. I especially love the onomatopoeiac sound of the ‘ch, ch, ch.’

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  11. What a wonderful poem. Such rythme in the march.

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  12. nice…..love the march ch ch ch….it gets the sound of them passing….and i would open the window and stick my head out to see them pass just like anyone….smiles…what sight to see…

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  13. Love this, Polly! Great rhythm to it, and very visual. The sound of the marching is perfect; ch ch ch. Wonderful write!

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  14. ch ch ch…your poem paints a vivid picture of the event to come. It is amazing how they transform from before the march with preparations to the actual formation when it is go time.

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  15. It was wonderful to hear you read it. I had a bit of the rhythm in my head from marching band but your reading is stellar and infuses the whole thing with energy and life. Having the audience make the ch ch ch is perfect. You create an atmosphere of anticipation, of otherness (what they must have experienced on the battlefield), and people watching that calls the reader to attention!

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  16. Very effective use of refrain and onomatopoeia in this.

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  17. Beautiful sensory details.

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