Lost Generation


Shipping clerks

Errand boys


Railway porters

Grocer’s assistants


Tramp, tramp, tramp

To ‘old tipperary’

‘pack up your troubles’


On a day bright and blue

When the whistle blew



In a shabby line

With no exceptions

Tasted the cold stars of night

And the flame of hope

Blew out.


Under a sky bright and blue

‘dead men can advance no further’

Shop workers


A lost generation.


Written for Poetry Jam – Tribute

This year is the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War –

‘For our tomorrow they gave their today’.

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15 Responses to Lost Generation

  1. Gabriella says:

    This is a wonderful and moving tribute to all the anonymous men who died during The Great War. They really did come from all walks of life and had no idea what their lives on the front were going to be like.
    “Tasted the cold stars of night / And the flame of hope /Blew out.” – beautiful lines, Alan!

  2. Mary says:

    Alan, this poem gave me the chills….it so very strongly moved me. You have captured a concept here that brought the tragedy of the Great War home. Bravo for stunning writing.

  3. Rallentanda says:

    Such a massacre of millions of young ordinary folk which achieved nothing. Very well expressed. You captured the futility – when the whistle blew the guns were behind them and in the front as well- A terrible scandalous waste of life!

  4. A fitting tribute to the extraordinary souls coming from all walks of life….

  5. brian miller says:

    mmm stilling…s many ordinary guys…and you never know what they would have gone on and done as well….sucha sad loss of far too many lives….

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    a lovely tribute, Alan

  7. Such a moving tribute to those warriors who gave their lives. So well done.

  8. peggygoetz says:

    You may have already guessed I really hate the whole idea of wars–safe leaders sending the young and anonymous out to die. This is a lovely tribute, but there must be a better way to settle our world’s disagreements.

  9. Donna Smith says:

    A beautiful tribute. Though I’d much rather not have wars, sometimes they are unavoidable and necessary.

  10. Kathe W. says:

    A much needed tribute to all those who have gone selflessly to war . Protecting our freedoms- helping others become free. thank you.

  11. coalkissed says:

    So many lost to war!! Beautiful tribute 🙂

  12. Wendy Bourke says:

    This piece really resonated with me. There has been a lot of sacrifice to war in my family – a lot of heartache.

  13. There is no better tribute then to the men and women who serve this country

  14. Sarav says:

    Alan, you did a great job of putting the real faces on those who sacrificed everything for us all. So senseless. A beautiful tribute.

  15. This poem captures the cold and cruel of war with a effective and precise language. Really enjoyed it. I like the title, what Gertrude Stein used to use for the 20s American poets who have had to relive this in words and real world.

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