Veterans ( 6th June 1944)



70 years before…….

Young men stumbling into the shell bound surf

Silver flying fish


The boys, wading on and in

Falling, camouflaged no more

Booming, battling forth

Whistling bullets, the siren song of war

Deafening the ocean’s unerring roar.


Years ago

in Juneau

I watched ‘Saving Private Ryan’

With Pete Bibb

Self appointed ‘old timer’

Who left the movie house

“Cannot watch this, have to go”

he muttered

As the faux machine guns

Cinematically stuttered.


This D Day morning

The robes of priests, clustered

The coat tails of politicians

And hats of royalty


As the bemedalled veterans


Attendant, attentive,

Old men now

Memories shared, perhaps, despairs

Some stood and stared

As the peace yearning prayers

Were uttered.


In the fields at home

The buttercups, the thistle heads

Were bowing in the stiffening wind

That blows across the Channel

Westward, ho!

The clouds scud seawards

A breath of memory passes

Back across to France

Where death gleaned a mighty harvest

No respect for rank, for officer classes


The flags and flowers

Half masted

The crowds lost


In collective trance

Subdued respect, even awe


Our veterans


And own them all, we all surely must

Those alive

Others sand blasted,  dust

Their debt, in full, is met

Our account

Ever owed

To remember

And not forget.


Marc Mordey 6/6/14


One Comment on “Veterans ( 6th June 1944)”

  1. helen carey says:

    Reblogged this on helencareybooks and commented:
    To commemorate D-day I am reblogging Marc Mordey’s wonderful, moving poem. Find more of his work at:

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