Coolum Beach to Gallipoli

I stood on the sands today
Of a beach close to my home
Thinking of Gallipoli’s shore
A sanctuary for soldiers’ bones

Knowing how their mates had lived
But more importantly how they died
It scared the hell out of those left living
For they were, no longer, a child

The cold, the wet, the trenches
The bayonets, bullets and bombs
Going over the top when ordered
In a short time their lives were gone

For many it was a great adventure
For others a duty to be done
Yet it all became a frustration
As lives were lost one by one

Simpson and his donkey were there
His heroics are now of renown
Sadly lasting too few days
Before Johnny Turk cut him down

The battles are named in history
From Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair
We visit them on Anzac Day
And thank God we were never there

The twenty-fifth day of April
Is a day we will never forget
It’s burned in our minds forever
As a day of National respect

For near nine months battles raged
With land lost, then taken, then lost
As the soldiers’ lost their lives daily
The world would rue the cost

Now finally when all said and done
They sailed away broken and beaten
For the people of the land invaded
Would not let themselves be defeated

Said to be the war to end all wars
Man would never be again so insane
But just over two decades later
They would do it all over again

Coolum Beach to Gallipoli

Tony Mutton

Brisbane, Australia

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Anzac Day in Australia is next weekend – Lest we Forget

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