Inside the Mind of Davy D
Where Words and Worlds Collide in Poetry
November 7, 2016
Bullet, Coldplay, Cowardice, Dawn, Home Front, November Notes, Poetry, Senyru, World War 1, Yellow
Written for November Notes, hosted by Rosema at A Reading Writer and Sarah at Heartstring Eulogies.
Day 7 Music Prompt: Yellow by Coldplay.
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Thank you Sarah 🙂
Very powerfully put, Davy.
Thanks Roland. I appreciate your kind words.
Though of Hacksaw Ridge on “refusing to kill”
I have not seen that film Devereaux but looked up the trailer and it seems a great story and film. My thoughts for this one were in World War 1 when British soldiers suffering from shell-shock and PTSD refused to fight and were executed. I appreciate you comment and link to a film that I will have a look at.
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Wait, they refused to fight and were KILLED? I didn’t know that.
I’m afraid so Devereaux, charged with cowardice and killed by firing squad. There are efforts in the UK at the moment to have these soldiers pardoned and remembered in the same way as other soldiers who died in World War I.
Wow. Is there somewhere I can read about this?
I will find some links and send them over to you.
This is tragic. I had no idea. Makes the poem all the more powerful.
Devereux try this link http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/othercemeteries/shotatdawnlist.htm
or search google for the shot at dawn memorial, it will give you a lot more information.
Thanks so much Davy for the info. Good to learn new things, even if they are a little sad.
A pleasure Devereaux. I felt on the approach to Remembrance Sunday, in the UK, we should offer some thoughts to these soldiers.
Wanna butt in…as i was about to say what you just said…how could that be?
Davy thanks for the link ..i am also reading it now…
Short and strong – like a shot 🙂 Love it Davy!
Thank you Maja. I appreciate the comment 🙂
Oh dear! Just like Maja mentioned, this is short and yet such a powerful piece. It says so much.
Thak you NJ. Your comment is appreciated.
i can hear the sirens coming, Davy. Better be ready. 😀 😀 😀
Bam! Bam! Bam!
As always Rosema 🙂 Thanks for taking time out to visit and comment.
Powerful, Davy – and so sad.
Thank you Laura. It was heartbreaking researching and reading some of the stories behind this. Fortunately most of these soldiers have been pardoned and are honoured in the same way as other soldiers who lost their lives in combat.
WOW…I’m glad I read through the comments, Davy, to get the whole picture. Heartbreaking.
I know Delyn 😦 Thank you for reading through the comments it gives more background to the impetus for the poem 🙂
I am constantly amazed at the lack of love, and eagerness to condemn in the world…guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but I am and it assaults my spirit.
I know Delyn. Everyday mankind still manages to amaze me and not in the positive sense 😦
It’s discouraging if we focus on it too much–we can’t ignore it completely, but I try to be an encourager here in my little corner of the globe 🙂 Hoping you have a much-blessed day, Davy 🙂
Thank you Delyn. Blessings for the rest of the week 🙂
Thank you, Davy–blessings always to you, as well.
Thank you Delyn and to you 🙂
Oh my, D… I’ve never heard of this. Thank you for sharing the story. I feel bad for those soldiers because they carried so much weight- the fear of dying and the regret of not fighting. I know it is their sworn duty but, sadly, we’re merely human beings. And most of the times, we tremble.
So true Maria. You cannot imagine what those soldiers experienced especially as some of them were suffering from PTSD and were mentally ill. Thank you for your insightful comment.
This was very lovely! It is hard holding on to a piece of yourself when you are pushed into a horrible situation such as war. Very powerful!
Thank you, your insightful comments are appreciated. It is hard to imagine what they went through.
Great Poem. Clever interpretation of the word ‘yellow’.
Thank you Martin. I felt it poignant to offer another view on the approach to Remembrance Sunday. I appreciate you taking time out to comment.
This is strong and mindful!
Thanks Kavita your comments are appreciated.
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