The Trumpets

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

A military poem describing the eternal bond of soldiers through the generations.

They do not know

Who have heard not the trumpets

They have not walked with Pickett's boys

In the Pennsylvania sun

Or lain with the Siberian Guard

In the snows before Moscow


They do not know

Who have heard not the trumpets

Though from thrones and parliaments

They bid fire and steel

Blaze forth between those

Who might else be brothers


They do know

Who have heard the trumpets before

And now in painful tearful pride

Bid sons and daughters

Follow the trumpets and come home changed

Or not at all


They do not know

They can not know, they will not know

Who have heard not the trumpets

And if you ask what they do not know

I must ask in turn

Have you heard the trumpets?

Submitted: September 13, 2006

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Doc Scurlock

I like that a lot. One can debate the sentiment, but you have a pleasing mastery of words.

Mon, September 3rd, 2007 10:59pm


Thank you.

Fri, September 7th, 2007 11:17pm


I liked it. good job

Fri, September 12th, 2008 1:57am


Thank you. It was the first poem I'd written sinse high school.

Sat, October 4th, 2008 1:00am


i loved it until the last stanza :D

Mon, May 17th, 2010 1:00pm

Imagine Words

:D Nice :D

Fri, June 3rd, 2011 1:36pm



I am sure other military types will know just what you mean, in all of its particulars. You have done a good job of tapping into that almost indefinable sense that one gains from military experiences. It is, I think, unique to that sphere. And I believe your poem operates at a level that can touch those without such experience too. That is hard to accomplish. Thanks for your work!

Tue, October 25th, 2011 10:34pm


As someone with family in the military, I was very touched by this poem. Thank you for sharing your words :)

Fri, October 19th, 2012 3:52pm


You are most welcome. Please share my regards with you family member. You might also like another poem I wrote, using The Trumpets as a model; The Diapers.

Sat, November 10th, 2012 9:05am

Alex Site

Great job!:)

Fri, November 9th, 2012 12:49am

Mindy Rodman

great way to honor servicemen

Sun, January 20th, 2013 7:26pm


Good writing. As said before it did get a little shaky near the end. Overall I enjoyed reading it and it had some beautiful metaphors.

If you have a second would you mind critiquing my new short story? I always return the favor.

Mon, January 28th, 2013 11:47pm


Really great style man.

I'm trying to develop my own style when it comes to writing so I wouldn't mind getting some feedback from someone like you on my first submission to this site. Thanks.

Sun, February 10th, 2013 12:49am

Erica Sanchez

Beutiful I luv it!!!

Sun, February 10th, 2013 10:35pm


Thank you.

Sat, October 26th, 2013 12:31pm


Very moving and despite it not being graphically descriptive it still paints all those horrific battles and blood shed in my mind.

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Tue, December 31st, 2013 2:24am


I wanted to find the writers on the last page of Booksie. I wanted to find the last person on the last page. I found you and the above piece. Awesome! I am a veteran, but I am not a combat veteran. I believe you must be one of the original posts. It is a powerful piece and reminds me of military poetry of days gone. Thank you my friend of the pen for awesome early Booksie piece.

Mon, November 16th, 2015 11:30am


Thank you for your comment. I am indeed one of the first people on on Booksie, though I haven't visited it for a while.

Sat, November 3rd, 2018 3:51pm


Bravo. Excellent. Very meaningful. I've heard the trumpets in more than one way.

Sat, March 3rd, 2018 6:30pm


thank you. This was a message that I felt could only be told through poetry, and in writing it I discovered that I liked poetry.

You might like a companion poem to this, "The Diapers".

Sat, March 3rd, 2018 11:22am

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