Absent Friends

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A poem shared by Steve Allen

Absent Friends

Still, I see them marching by
One by one,
Though I know their lives have gone
One by one
But they sing a happy song •••••
And they call: “It won’t be long –
Till you are marching – singing – with us,
One by one

And they tell us to be cheerful and be glad.
Sing and drink and laugh away,
Don’t be sad.
Drink another one for me
For very soon you’ll be
Marching here with us – you’ll see!
One by one

I see them in their flight
As off they go.
Dark in the fading light,
In sunset’s glow.
And I hear the Merlin’s roar,
As to the clouds they soar
Heading out towards the Ruhr,
One by one.

They were young – just boys – but men,
So long ago
Just how they all were then
We surely know
They would smile to hear us sing,
As we make the rafters ring;
Maybe – they all join in •••
One by one.

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