"Scotland Forever!" by Lady Butler‘Far Across the Plains’ by Zachary Dilks The Society November 27, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 5 Comments For honor! For valor! The battle stole and won Where up the soul arises down the barrel of a gun The courses set and forces met with destined blood and bones But I, I fear, am fated here to never journey home Tell my wife I love her Send my body out to sea My heart she kept. My life I served. My soul, it goes with me For kingdom! For country! In reverence of soil The motherland our fathers’ hands did break for till and toil I’ll always see the sun that sets those valleys just the same But I hear my dawn come calling out from far across the plains Send a letter to my mother That her baby boy died free I gave my all for others But my soul, it goes with me For freedom! For future! For all our children dream That all their worlds may always stay as hopeful as they seem Come cannon blares that tremble on those dark and foreign hills My mind be ready, heart be steady, breath be calm and still Give my memory to my daughters Carve my will upon the trees Give my life across the waters But my soul, it goes with me Zachary Dilks is a writer currently residing just outside of Austin, Texas. A toolmaker by trade and a poet by heart, he began pursuing his passion for writing at age 17. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses Joe November 27, 2017 Loved it! Great work, Zachary and even better perspective. Marvelous and haunting point of view. Reply Zachary Dilks November 27, 2017 Thank you for that, Joe! Reply J. Simon Harris November 28, 2017 This is an awesome poem. I love the rollicking meter and internal rhymes; it reminds me of Longfellow or something along those lines. Great work! Reply Leonard Dabydeen November 29, 2017 What an amazing poem, with rich, valiant emotional thoughts. A metric roller-coaster with heart-beat rhymes and rhythm. I am reminded of the Louis L’Amour ‘Lost Frontiers’ and the wild, wild west. Reply David Hollywood December 15, 2017 Marvelous heroic poetry. Thank you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.