A friend posted this on Facebook recently.  I loved it.

If I Should Never See the Moon Again

By Major Malcolm Boyd

If I should never see the moon again

Rising red gold across the harvest field

Or feel the stinging soft rain

As the brown earth her treasures yield.

If I should never taste the salt sea spray

As the ship beats her course across the breeze.

Or smell the dog-rose and new-mown hay,

or moss or primroses beneath the tree.

If I should never hear the thrushes wake

Long before the sunrise in the glimmering dawn.

Or watch the huge Atlantic rollers break

Against the rugged cliffs in baffling scorn.

If I have to say good bye to stream and wood,

To wide ocean and the green clad hill,

I know that he, who made this world so good

Has somewhere made a heaven better still.

This bears witness with my latest breath

Knowing the love of God,

I fear no death.


10 thoughts on “IF I SHOULD NEVER …

  1. Goodness, what a moving poem. Quite breathtaking.xxx

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  2. It demonstrates the absolute wasteage as a consequence of bloody wars, the loss of talents of all types. So many servicemen of of all ranks of that generation could write, some soulfully, some musically and poetically. Others wrote skillfully, in clear hand with style, cleverly disguising underlying messages for domestic consumption. They made the ultimate sacrifice. The fruits of it, we, here, in Western Europe have reaped, till now. It was the ultimate gift.


    1. Some amazing literature emerged from both world wars. And the waste of life, always the waste. The ultimate juxtaposition of loss and gain, of bodily death and the soaring spirit. I love the way this guy sees beyond.


      1. Yes, the writer does examine his finely tuned senses in this piece of writing, his comfort, perhaps, is in those last sentiments. As you know, we have lost much from the civilian populations snuffed out of life before their true time.


  3. Superb! Yes, have seen this before! Wonderful! Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, I’m sure it’s been around for some time but it came very freshly to me.

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