Tell Me, John, Let Me Hear it Once by Seumas Gallacher


A moving poem for Remembrance Day by Seumas Gallacher published on my history blog.

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At the Going Down of the SunAt the Going Down of the Sun © Sarah Vernon

Tell Me, John, Let Me Hear it Once

by Seumas Gallacher

Tell me, John, let me hear it once

From beyond the grave wherein you lie.

Tell me once, that I may know

Why the Hell did you have to die?

Now that I myself am growing old

As you were not allowed to do,

When your country went to War,

Killing them, and us, and you.

Is Humanity so bereft

Of sense and sensibility?

That murder dressed as War

Is the tip of Man’s ability?

Yes, my dear, I understand

There’s times to right the wrong

When Nation pits at Nation

To prove which one is strong.

But feel each mother’s loss

The angst, the grief, the pain

It’s no use telling them,

‘Let them not have died in vain’.

For every priceless child that’s gone,

Every precious son…

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2 thoughts on “Tell Me, John, Let Me Hear it Once by Seumas Gallacher

  1. I remember it…Thanks for bringing it back. I keep trying to decide which one of your bags my mother would prefer. It only occurred to me now that I’m back in England that maybe the best thing would be for her to have a look and choose…I’m sure I’ll be back there soon…

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