The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'

The Way Back ©

Hamish M Anstruther

Written in 1967 at the time when terrorist activity in Aden was gradually subsiding. The Argylls had re-taken the Crater district, and the possibility of a settlement to the conflict was in sight.

O Land! of fire and latent power,
That bleedeth red in thy twilight hour,
Whose sons pass on like fleeting dreams,
Once honoured, revered, in high esteem.

O Land! who gave us knowledge bright,
Wondrous teachings of stars and light,
Men of wisdom travelling far,
Fighting, conquering, winning wars.

O Land! torn by turmoil and strife,
Writhing, dying, losing life,
Hopeless causes, falling short,
Broken spirits, bodies that hurt.

But Hark! amid the anguish, a song
Triumphant sounding, a joyful throng!
New life shines through this memorable hour,
Swelling, blooming, a verdant flower!

This is one of a trilogy of Poems written in Aden by a serving soldier. The other two Poems are:-

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