RORKES DRIFT

a poem by Edwin Keith Jepson, UK - poetry writer, author, poet

Flashing shields,and shiny spears,
Thousands of Zulus charge Rorkes Drift,
Their battle cries would freeze the heart,
But still the Soldiers would not shift,
Spears against rifles, no time for fears,
The fighting rages till night appears,
Then quenching their thirst,
Showing no signs of defeat,
The Soldiers wait ,their minds adrift,
Dawn breaks silently, and the sun doth veers,
As four thousands Zulus pounce and cheers,
Bayonets fixed,and rifle fire,
Repel the charge and stop the rift,
Many Zulus, slain by rifle fire,
Whilst others charged with no thought of retire,
But in conclusion,with their chanting cries,
Four thousands Zulus ,disappeared beneath the skies,


A TRUE STORY IN 1879 150 SOLDIERS FOUGHT OFF 4,OOO ZULUS
AT RORKES DRIFT, 11 VICTORIA CROSSES WERE AWARDED FOR BRAVERY TO SEVERAL SOLDIERS

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