Glad this is nominated. I think you are by far one of the best rhyming poets I've read on here. The story is heartbreaking, but your word choice, imagery and flow are perfect. It's hard not to love your work! It's brilliant.
Ben, was going to say not sure if this is a repost then noticed the dates so I put 2 and 2 together aren't I clever haha.. I probably loved this first time round and love it even more so now.. your words are like music to my ears, beautiful symphonies and as you know rather moving. I shall split these up into fours lines just so you know.
1/ The atmosphere is set well here and it's eerily excellent with fab imagery and descriptives.
2/ More fab images and I love the word tawny to describe the owl, cool.
3/ This is amazing and saddens me as it is a reminder that these soldiers fought and still fight tooth and nail for us and for what? To be killed far earlier than their time...
4/ now, this is what I was talking about in my earlier comment, they fight and hard they fight..
What a hell of story!!
You killed me Ben, I'm an emotional wreck.
As with most (all) of your poems that I have read, you construct such strong imagery that the reader is transported to within your poem. I like the way you conjure other aspects into your piece, the tawny owl for instance which adds width to the overall scene at the same time adding depth to the main theme. The rhyme and meter is excellent “Taken Far Too Soon” rhyming with moon a master stroke and pivotal within the poem. A sad topic and one that has happened to often. Your poem a fine epitaph…