my
Adopted Student

A poem by David Dunlop, specially written to reflect on the student's experiences on their trip to the Somme in June 2015. Recorded in July 2015 as part of the 'my Adopted Soldier' project.

Posted by myadoptedsoldier on November 10th, 2015

my Adopted Student
by David Moore


Who is she
who kneels above
my shrapnel-splintered bones
who pours potato-scented soil
to draw me to my home
who reads my name
through tear-dark eyes
who breathes a choking prayer
as roses bloom to match her dress
and the colours of her hair?

I do not recognise her face
her kin unknown to me
but in her love our county speaks
and keeps my memory
would she had known me as I lived
and held me when I fell
she lifts me now up heaven's slopes
for I served my time in hell