My Arnhem Hero - by Sonia Parker
He is off again to war once more
The most awesome sight you ever saw
A beret perched upon his head
A distinguished sight, the deepest red
On his way, he waves goodbye
Another journey in the sky
No-one knew what lay ahead
Thousands jumped and thousands dead
Out of the plane and on his way down
Shot in the back before he hit the ground
Captured and taken as prisoner of war
With so many others, so many more
Eight months of torture with nothing to eat
Cold, wet and hungry and nowhere to sleep
He could take no more of this living hell
He had to escape, and he did as well
Making his way through the woods by night
Desperately keeping himself out of sight
So weak and fragile and so very thin
To deserve all of this, what was his sin?
Two weeks went by, it felt like a year
Then all of a sudden he gave a cheer
His journey was over, in front of him stood
An american soldier, right there in the wood
Rescued at last, it was all now at an end
Along the way he had lost his best friend
Back in England, home at last
Never to mention his awful past
To help him forget his awful strife
He came home to his lovely wife
And in her arms she held tight
His six week old baby, what a sight
With so many others and without a fuss
I will never forget what he did for us
I will remember him always and when i'm sad
I remember the paratrooper...my hero...my Dad!
very emoyonal and a tear must have rolled down your face writting this personal and deeply moving poem xx
Thank you so much for your comment George xx....yes I did shed a tear and so did my mum when I read it to her xx
So many gave , so many lost may they rest in peace and know that they loved and never forgotten , Bless them All !!
Thank you for your comment John, I agree he was my hero but he was one of thousands and they all deserve our respect xx
Sonia ~ a beautiful tribute ~ I could feel the love you have for your dad & it sent shivers down my spine reading this xxxxx
Bless you Gina xxx...thank you...I am full of love for him and always have been :) xxx
How very touching a story in poetic phrase. My father was a soldier too...unspoken, quiet and withdrawn in telling the days of his life of war. Thank you for sharing this, Sonia. Beautiful tribute to your father.
Thank you Paula for your beautiful comments xx...sometimes it's not nice to think of what they went through so I guess that's why they wouldn't talk about it...and because there was just so many of them too and no help available. Thanks again xx
Fantastic tribute to a young man who didn't ask to be a fighter but did as was needed,my dad was also a paratrooper sonia 1st airborne division he may have even have known your dad!nice thought?.sgt albert reginald armsden,reg.
Hello Mick...thank you for your comments. Is your Dad still here, did he jump at Arnhem too? I would love to find someone who knew my Dad...both from the army or family as i know there must be someone out there somewhere xx
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