Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Three Word Wednesday- A Debt Unpaid

Prompts: Compromise; noun: An agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions; a middle state between conflicting opinions or actions reached by mutual concession or modification; verb: [no obj.] settle a dispute by mutual concession; [with obj.] weaken (a reputation or principle) by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable.
Decision; noun: A conclusion or resolution reached after consideration; the action or process of deciding something or of resolving a question; the ability or tendency to make decisions quickly.
Forward; adverb: Toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling; onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion; toward the future; ahead in time; adjective: directed or facing toward the front or the direction that one is facing or traveling; noun: An attacking player in basketball, hockey, or other sports; verb: Send (a letter or e-mail) on to a further destination.

A Debt Unpaid

Your eyes bright, shiny and new
You heard the cry, the battle song
The proud, the brave, the few
The trip was quick, the journey long
As the battle raged on, and on
You endured much and became wan
You suffered weather, land, friend, and foe
Still you moved forward, a tough battle to hoe
Your decisions made by faceless men
No compromise did they send
You did your duty and sought to win the war
As all around you the casualties began to soar
Many soldiers paid, a considerable sum
That we might breathe the air of freedom
You laid down your young lives
So we could have no battle and strife
We honour you because you fought
For the peace we sought
Your country owes you greatly
We should honour you most stately
Your sacrifice we can never repay
So we honour you this and everyday
We remember, let the memory never fade
That we owe a debt, never ever repaid.
©Sheilagh Lee November 7, 2012


  1. True we do owe the fallen a lot and in reality we never do give them much thought.Wars are so stupid. Before WW2 was even over the Allies were already planning on trade with Japan and made returning soldiers sign a document that they would never disclose what happened in the concentration camps in the Pacific as it might affect public opinion and ruin potential trade opportunities.

  2. Quite a moving tribute - well done. P.S. It took me FOUR tries to get to answer. Down with word verification!

  3. Fine words for this weekend..Jae

  4. thank you rallentanda

    thank you Tarang

    Thank you Berowne sorry about the verification I hate them too.
    Thank you Jae

  5. This was beautiful .... loved it !!!

  6. And for many of them we owe them an apology for sending them in teh first place. But that doesn't take away for our gratitude taht they did our biddly so well and with such a high price.

  7. a beautiful and touching sentiment.

  8. thank you for such a beautiful poem

  9. Such a lovely poem. We do have a debt unpaid!