Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Poetic Obituaries: Flt sgt [David] Raikes was a pupil at Radley College,

where a poetry prize in his name is given out each year and a book of his works was published posthumously in 1954.

In one of his poems, Let It Be Hushed, he wrote:
'These men knew moments you have never known,/Nor ever will; we knew those moments too,/And talked of them in whispers late at night;/Such confidence was born of danger shared./We shared their targets, too; but we came back.

Lightly we talked of it. We packed their kit,/Divided up such common useful things/As cigarettes and chocolate, rations stored/Against a rainy day that never came.'

from Daily Mail: Final salute for RAF War poet: Military burial for pilot whose remains lay forgotten for 60 years after he was shot down



Michael Elcock said...

It's enough to break your heart. The poem has some wonderful, ethereal lines. It deserves an audience. Thank you for posting it.
Michael Elcock,
Sooke, BC

isis said...

Couldn't stop my tears. Such feelings in one so young - what a loss.