Charge of the Light Brigade, an adaptation

This poem is an adaptation of The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson, now with words that honor the anniversary of The Heavenly Hundred. They died in the Maidan revolution in Ukraine, on February 21, 2014, when snipers killed over 100 people. (Photo from “Winter on Fire”)._80913659_injured_reuters

I.

Half a league, half a league,

half a league onward,

all in the valley of death

walked the heavenly hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of death

walked the heavenly hundred.

II.

“Forward, the Light brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the people knew

the country had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to walk and die;

Into the valley of death

walked the heavenly hundred.

III.

Guns to the right of them,

Guns to the left of them,

Guns above them

pierced and murdered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they walked and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

Walked the heavenly hundred.

IV.

Flash’d all their hearts bare

Flash’d as they fell from air,

Seeing the gunners there,

Charging a country, while

All the world wonder’d:

Plunged in the battery smoke

Right thro’ the street they broke;

Ukrainian and Ukrainian

Reel’d from the bullets stroke

Shatter’d and sunder’d,

Then they walked back, but not

the heavenly hundred.

V.

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honor the charge they made,

Honor the Light Brigade,

Heavenly Hundred.

 

 

 

 

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