Gallipoli – heart of ANZAC day
Two Empires clash and take away
In casualties and from disease
The lives of youths from overseas.
The Ottomans ally with the Hun
Access to shipping overrun
Constantinople needs must fall;
The new Dominions hear the call.
1915: April 25
A day our memories keep alive
When the allied expedition core
Lands, determined, on this shore.
Against the odds, in dust and heat
Australia and New Zealand keep
An intrepid hold on rough terrain
Their sacrifice was not in vain.
What they achieved will never die
A century on we all stand by
And remember in cold light of dawn
Two brand new nations proudly born.
(c) Poet in the woods 2015