Prose & Poetry - War Poetry of S J Robinson - When Glory Came to the Trenches

Three 5,000 cubic feet Nurse Balloons in Hangar. Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 1918 Reproduced within this area of the site are present-day First World War poems written by S. J. Robinson.  Click here for an introduction to the poems.

When Glory Came to the Trenches

When glory came to the trenches
- As an officer, shining bright -
Said He'd go over the Top for us
Then offered us a light

Reckoned our war would soon be over
And, at first, we jeered
But He told us of His battle plan
And took away our fear

He promised to always be near us
And try to keep us safe
Didn't believe in us killed and sacrificed
In this dark forsaken place

He explained that to die was His job
And that we must be content
To tell others of His coming here
As o'er the Top he went

When Glory came to the Trenches
We said, of commanders, He was alone

"Well, they only came here to send you," He said
"I came to take you all home"

A "Communication Trench" was a narrow trench constructed at an angle to a defensive trench to permit concealed access to the defensive trench.

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