Once they stood in straight rows at attention,
Awaiting orders from the high command.
To keep their nation free was their intention,
And so they bravely fought and took their stand.
But order turned to chaos. Bombs illumined
The battlefield now torn and stained with blood.
The enemy they faced with great acumen
Had vanquished many, fallen in the mud.
The victory was won because the bravest
Gave their lives with love that would not cease.
Now they lie in straight rows at parade rest
Their only order here is: “Rest in peace.”

Copyright © 2017 Linda Luna – All Rights Reserved
Written in response to the Daily Prompt: Order, on The Daily Post

7 Replies to “Orders”

    1. Thank you. I tried to do the scene justice but have never been in combat myself. But I was deeply moved while walking through the cemetery and seeing so many headstones of fallen service members dating all the way back to the Civil War. The ones pictured here were in the RAF and died during WWII. I’m not sure if they are actually buried here or if these markers are memorials for them. We thought it curious that so many RAF members would be buried so far from home (in Alabama).


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