A Soldier's England (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Feb 7, 2020

The loneliness of plundered, foreign lands
Has gifted back my love of England's green,
But guilt cannot be washed from bloody hands
And all the oaks can't shade what I have seen.
When in my pensive moods I often think
Perhaps our fight for peace was ill-begot;
A raided ship will often burn and sink,
It's treasure lost and legacy forgot.
So in the summer haze beneath the trees,
When I am safe and miles away from pain,
My country blows a cool and spiteful breeze
And fills my lungs with guilt, remorse and blame.
We shot our 'peace' from cannons and from guns
And now I burn beneath an English sun.


Ben Pickard 2020


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  • 1 month ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Ben! I noticed it seemed quiet on here the past week and you hadn't posted anything in that amount of time (a week feels like forever in my eyes lol). Hope you've been well, though.

    Your sonnets are beautifully striking as always, and your voice carries such emotion and history in every verse. The most thought-provoking line for me was "we shot our 'peace' from cannons and from guns". Profound piece, Ben.

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks, MA. You are right in regards to how quiet it is round here...

  • 1 month ago

    by Brenda

    The sonnet King strikes again! Ben this is amazeballs!

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, Brenda. I hope you are keeping well.