For National Poetry Day 2016, we would like to share a poem “To Reflect and Remember” by former Serjeant Paul Cocoran, which has been adapted for The Rifles today. Feel free to share your own contribution with us, using #nationalpoetryday #therifles to the @TheRiflesCol on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
To Reflect and Remember
The Officers and Soldiers we all once knew The good times the hard times the compo stew
The training was over for a posting no doubt Where are we going… don’t all shout out
The families officer and rear party our next of kin safe Keep your head down, soldier on and keep your faith
From the CO to the Rifleman we all did our bit Once more Infantrymen you were destined for it
Never mind the bullets, bombs and danger Keep on going said the Serjeant Major
We got on with our lot to see the job though Thinking of our families as they are of you
I am counting the days till the end of the tour Just one more patrol and I’ll be home that’s for sure
I would march 100 miles for a moment with you Its hard at the moment… but will get easier it’s true
The blisters last for weeks… the memories a lifetime My service in The Rifles was simply sublime.
Paul ‘Coco’ Cocoran