Post-weekend Poetry 011: ‘Soldier’s Cry’ by Dicy McCullough

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eleventh poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Dicy McCullough.

Soldier’s Cry
Sing me a song
of times forgotten, of memories
lost and moments shared.
Sing me a song to comfort my soul,
to give me a smile
and bid me farewell.
Sing me a song.
Tomorrow I leave for places unknown
with distant shores and nights endless.
Think of me when nights are lonely;
hold our love close to your heart.
It’s hard to explain the torment and fear,
but easier knowing you are there.
Sing me a song
all through the night
of peace and rest and a journey safe.
Sing me a song to comfort my soul,
to give me a smile
and bid me farewell.
Sing me a song.

I asked Dicy what prompted this piece and she said…I began writing poetry six years ago when my dad passed away. It was a tragic death and so poetry was a way of dealing with grief. My dad was a WWII soldier having fought in Germany, France, and England. He never got over what he saw and carried haunting memories with him to the grave. The first poem I wrote was Soldier’s Cry, which for me was a metaphor of his death.

Thank you so much, Dicy. It’s still hard ten years on, so my heart goes out to you.

Dicy McCullough, author of three children’s books, writes for her local newspaper, The Salisbury Post.  She is a published poet and a contributing author for the book, This One’s for the Birds! A retired teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Gardner-Webb University,  Boiling Springs, N.C., and a Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte,  Charlotte, NC.  In 2011 she was inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni at Gardner-Webb University.

Her books Tired of My Bath, Tired of School and Tired of Being Different can be found on, Barnes and Noble and

Anyone who would like to read my poem for my father can do so here.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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7 thoughts on “Post-weekend Poetry 011: ‘Soldier’s Cry’ by Dicy McCullough

  1. Lesley Fletcher (@gypsyles) says:

    This really touched me… I have thought of you and your poem all day. Grief is a catalyst for so many things and events and yet we would forever give up those gifts from the sorrow to have our loved one back. Best of luck with your endevour


  2. realwritingruth says:

    I can really associate with both your poem and the things that spurred you to write. A period of (mild) depression kind of kick started my writing as a form or therapy. It was the only way I could express myself at the time without crying. I found it so cathartic. Some of the poems I wrote during that time of my life are pretty sad but I have carried on writing as a way of processing my thoughts, making sense of things and finding closure. Loved the poem. Thanks for sharing.


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