On a Beach in France

A Beach in France 


I run towards death this day.

Fear, screams of pain,

And mangled bodies,

They will not block my way.


I steel my heart against the terror,

And turn my back against the horror.

Death is not my fear.

It is the life of my comrades that I hold dear.


I charge my enemy.

His artillery flashes,

His guns pierce the air,

Courage is my academy.


My weapon, I must point at man,

And spread his blood upon this sand.

Charging the beach, I am losing my breath.

I must reach the wall, or face my death.


My men fall dead at my feet.

Fountains of flesh fill the sky,

And the eighty-eights,

Keep the beat.


Bunkers to my left, spew hell on earth.

This run will not be over, until I prove my worth.

The hill in front with tall wavy grass,

I climb it first, I cannot be last.


We must rid this place of Satan’s sting.

So violent,

He will cut us down,

And force us to kiss his ring.


Not I,

Is my response,

For the fear death,

I will not ensconce.


I call for my cannons,

Place my mortars.

The enemy cries out,

To give no quarter.


The man with the purple stole came by to speak with me.

You are a brave,

And courageous man,

Who through adversity,

Stood and fought


Hold true to your belief,

And for your brothers departed, do not grieve.

You too, will soon be in the light.

This battle will no longer be your fight.


My body, cold, was found the morning after.

I had reached the sand, next to the trees of steel.

It was there,

I made my stand.


I gave my all, but was stopped.

By an arrow of chance,

At the water’s edge,

On a beach in France.

ABOUT Terrance

photo of myselfTerrance is a retired Canadian Armed Forces Logistic Officer who traded his military uniform for a potter's wheel, when he retired in 1991.

Terry is presently working out of his studio, located in Longueuil, (St-Hubert,) Quebec, Canada.  You can find out more about him  here.


MY GLAZE RECIPE COLLECTION My glaze recipe collection has been collected from around the world.  I will publish a new recipe from time to time.  Some are tested and others are not.   You are invited to try the recipe and let me know if it should be continued or discarded.
MY COLLECTION OF  ARTICLES               I From time to time I find a great article written by a artist in the ceramic community.  When I find on that I believe will assist my fellow potters and ceramicist I will publish it on my site.   You are invited to submit articles for publication.