Under A Different Moon

Posted on Nov 15, 2014


The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 www.bbc.co.uk

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805
Picture courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk

He sailed out to sea early in the day
On a mission is his ship, months he could be away
To fight the forces of the French and the Spanish
To send them packing across the sea to banish

As he left that cold morning on the docks
He looked to the window, by the town clock
There the girl of his dreams, he told her so
Looks to him from her frosty window

A few days later he’s out at sea
Looking at the moon wondering what may be
Of this girl he loves back at port
From different worlds are they, her heart he sought

But she’s now far away from him
To battle he goes, his life not his
He keeps watch as he thinks of her
She looks to the moon, wondering what with him occurs

On October 21st 1805, he goes to fight for freedom
Trafalgar is where he is, under the flag of Great Britain
He sighs in his heart for what is to come
He wishes he was elsewhere with the girl he loves

So, just before twelve that morning all sides opened fire
The young lieutenant focuses now of life and death, dire
Men fell here and men fell there as he fought for his life
His courage not in question as he defends his ship and men on seas high

In a brief instant respite he pictures her, his love back home
The girl he can never have, for married is she so
To a friend and a fellow officer she is
But both know that they belong together, it’s what they believe

Suddenly a shot takes him in the chest so hard
Back he falls as his enemy calls, he’s been dealt deaths card
Noise and confusion rings around him as he tries to move
His last thoughts are of her under a different moon

*First published November 2nd 2011 at 12:55 and re-edited 15th November 2014

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