Poem: Get fell in

Discussion in 'Poetry Corner' started by Toastie, Nov 8, 2009.

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  1. Have just watched the BBC highlights of The Cenotaph service this morning.

    It ended with a poem written and read by the father of a Light Dragoon who died earlier this year in Afghanistan. An extraordinary piece of writing and an awesome tribute from a father to a son.

    Does anyone have the full version of it as my 7 year old daughter was listening and asked what it all meant?

    Thankyou (and apologies if this is in the wrong place, very much new to this site).
     
  2. I agree. I watched and I listened likewise until my tears flowed. I also would love to hear the full poem again. :cry:

    We live in amazing times indeed!
     
  3. Only caught the end of it, would like to hear all of it to.
     
  4. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Taken from the I player


    There is in the eternal realms a great line of men who march along a long winding road
    Their task is to collect the dead of ages taken from the ranks of the fallen

    After midnight on the 30th May 2009 the great line halts and a Sgt Majors voice rings out not as in the parade ground but in the solom silence increasing

    The short command is given: "Get fell in to the rear of the coloumn"
    Two soldiers take their place and adjust their equipment and calm their terrible expressions

    These fallen two shoulder arms and the great line of men the dead of ages taken from the ranks of the fallen moves off at a slow march winding it's way along the long winding road

    Almost out of sight the line visably halts and a Sgt Majors voice rings out
    "Get fell in at the rear of the Column"

    And we who mortals be strain to hear the sound of marching feet

    Did anyone notice the photo of his son with the Gimpy (34C) he actually had black nasty tape over his eyes? :D
     
  5. Hopefully this wont be taken as an offence to post it.


    Took and age to try and copy it down from Iplayer.


    There is in the eternal realms a great line of men

    Who march along, a long winding road

    Their task is to collect, the dead of ages

    Taken from the ranks of the fallen.


    After midnight on the 30th of May 2009

    The great line halts, and a Sgt Majors voice rings out..

    Not as on the parade ground, but in the solomn silence increaced

    The short command is given, "Get fell in, to the rear of the column"


    Two soldiers take their place, adjust their equiptment, and calm their troubled expressions.

    These fallen two, shoulder arms

    And the great line of men

    The dead of ages, taken from the ranks of the fallen

    Moves off at a slow march

    Winding its way along the long winding road

    Almost out of sight, the line visably halts, and a Sgt Majors voice rings out

    "Get fell in to the rear of the column"

    And we who mortals be

    Strain to hear the sound of their marching feet



    Too slow at dictated typing me, sorry TBS, you beat me.
     
  6. I heard it myself this morning and thought it was really amazing. Thanks for posting it up lads. Wouldn't be suprised if this becomes a popular poem within the forces.
     
  7. Thanks for that lads. What an incredible piece it is!
     
  8. If watching the rememberance service on BBC Iplayer when, in terms of the timer bar along the bottom, is the poem read?
     
  9. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    At the very end just as the last of the Veterans and groups march past
     
  10. Any chance somebody is going to upload the complete Cenotaph Service to You Tube soon (as someone did for the 2008 version)? :? BBC iPlayer only works if you're living in the U.K. and I can't be arrsed to figure out how to use a proxy. :cry:

    I agree very moving poem. :1:
     
  11. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    My server is abroad so we can't use the I player


    What to do is click on Programme information on the programme required
    Then goto Remeberance Sunday website
    This takes you to a seperate window with the programme in it and then you can play it
    It only works with a few programmes whose websites hold the full episode

    For instance Top Gear only shows three minute clips so I can't watch all of it on I player but I can watch Have I got news for you and the Thick of it :wink:
     
  12. Thanks! I'll try that. :wink:
     
  13. Very moving poem.
    Moved to tears too in the moments before he read the poem, when he said his son was truly his mother's son and the camera cut to him visiting their joint grave (mother and son that is).