Uncle Billy



Uncle Billy, World War Vet’ran,
Paratrooped Normandy,
Had joined the D-Day Invasion
In Airborn Infantry.
He jumped to glory over France
When Allied gen’rals took a chance.
He jumped to glory.
He jumped to glory,
To end Herr Hitler’s arrogance.

Uncle Billy, World War Vet’ran,
Landed in farmer’s field
On France’s coast, with his weapon,
A rifle did he wield.
He gave his all to win freedom.
Went where we so badly need em.
He gave his all.
He gave his all,
Freeing France from Nazi fiefdom.

Uncle Billy, World War Vet’ran,
Great generation’s survivor,
Ending what the Germans began,
Was D-Day skydiver.
Rest in peace, you humble warrior.
The German lines, no barrier.
Rest in peace you.
Rest in peace you.
Job well done, Hitler’s harrier.

Author Notes:

This is my Uncle Billy’s gravestone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. He did paratroop into France on D-day and fought his was to Berlin with the US Third Infantry. He was never wounded. When he came home, he became a fireman in the Richfield, Minnesota, Fire Department. I can tell many stories about Uncle Billy, but maybe some other time. He died in 2006 at the age of 85.

This poem is a Trijan Refrain.
The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 (A1) is the same in all three stanzas. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:

Rhyme scheme: A1/b/a/b/c/c/R/R/c ,
where A1 is the repeated line, and R is the first 4 word from line 5,

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4/4/8

This picture was taken by the author himself on May 25, 2015.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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