An Ode To The Fallen - “Cover With My Life”

Updated: May 25


Marching with my brothers,

Moving strong with them,

Marching as my country asked to,

No matter where or when,

For our code was to die for...

Cover with my life, the life of my brother, in my living time….

So when he saw me cornered, he said, I got you covered my friend, he moved round the corner, and fired till the end…. he saved the day for us and killed the enemy…. he then joined us to say, “we live another day”….

For our code was to die for...

Cover with my life, the life of my brother, in my living time….

We moved through the woods, into the enemy land, we were outnumbered but I knew, my brothers were strong, stronger than ever today, stronger than ever now…….. the fire was intense, it was unending, there was blood, you could see through our uniforms……

He moved from the flank to counter the fire, coming to me from each ends…… he saved the day for us and killed the enemy …. he then joined us to say we live another day….

I could see he was weak, not his usual self, he was hit but it did not matter much…

He fell just meters from me….. exposing his wounds, I could never see….

My brother falls, just meters from me…. exposing his wounds I could never see…. for his code was to die for, cover with his life, the life of his brothers, in his living time….

Years have gone since, your sacrifice forgotten; I remember the moment of valor and read in your tomb, the words that give me hope, to say you will come back – for now you rest my brother for your duty is done, for freedom's light has come; sleep in the silent depths of the sea, or in your bed of hallowed sod, until you hear at dawn the low, clear reveille of God….

By Capt. Rahul Rai (Retd.)

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