Anzac Centenary ~ 1915-2015

April 25,  2015


On 25th April, the day of the landings at Gallipoli, I want to remember the young volunteers from Australia and New Zealand who put their lives on the line to fight the brave fight a hundred years ago. My father, Bogdan Stojić, was a volunteer, too. He served as a medical orderly in the Serbian Army at the time.

The poem in this post is dedicated to the heroes of both World Wars as well as those in present wars, as, unfortunately, humans have not yet found a way to resolve conflicts without the use of arms. The poem was written for Susan Budig’s Mindful Poetry Contest 2012. It was first published by narratorAUSTRALIA (now narratorINTERNATIONAL) online and in print in narratorAUSTRALIA, Volume Two. It also appears in my book Dreams On My Pillow.

The Anzac March



My Muse, oh please help me write a poem

In thoughts I see the bloody battlefields

Anzac Marchers proud and very solemn

The battling soldier heartfelt prayer shields

He fights against the wicked, never yields

Returns per chance a hero, shell-shocked, maimed

Or killed, the stuff that always wartime wields

Blood and tears are shed, victor is proclaimed

See the medals, hear the bagpipe’s rhythm

Cheers to all who fought for sacred freedom


The decuain is a ten-line rhyming form in iambic pentameter created by Shelley A. Cephas.The rhyming pattern in this decuain is: ababbcbcaa.

Bogdan and Frank marching - ANZAC DAY

My father always marched with Frank Hebbard, his POW camp mate in  WWII, under the 2/6 Australian General Hospital banner. He is the marcher smiling at us, wearing a blue jacket with his medals for bravery.

email 6- Bogdan with family on Anzac Day 1989.

My father, Dr Bogdan Stojić, who was Lieutanant-Colonel in reserve in the Yugoslav Army, with Mum and me after completing the Anzac March in Sydney in 1988, aged 95.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

(From the “Ode of Remembrance”)




© Copyright 2015 Irina Dimitric

About irinadim

Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL:
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13 Responses to Anzac Centenary ~ 1915-2015

  1. Rellick says:

    Very nice. Great poem.

  2. A very beautiful tribute.

  3. DG MARYOGA says:

    Deeply touched by your great tribute to ANZAC Day and your dedication to heroes!
    Superb presentation and a poignant poem,loved the photos included and especially your family one.You so powerfully ended it … LEST WE FORGET …
    Much Kudos Irene!Your post is of great historical value!Sending you rich Friendship 🙂
    PS:There were plenty of documentaries on our National TV channels in order to cover Anzac Day and the battle in Kalipolis.Thrilling to see what our ancestors went through and sad for the innocent souls,who sacrificed their flives for the freedom of the future generations.
    Take care . Doda ❤ xxx

    • irinadim says:

      Dear Doda, I have enormous respect for the many volunteers, and regular soldiers as well, who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. No, we must never forget their sacrifices. I’m so happy you like this post. Thank you for your generous comment. Have a lovely day! Hugs ❤ Irina xxx

  4. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful poetic tribute to the young volunteers, your dad among them … And to all those heroes of both World Wars…. The lines of the “Ode of Remembrance” are really touching and powerful as well! … Love, dear Irina. Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana ⭐

    • irinadim says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my tribute to the heroes who fought for our freedom. Have a lovely day, dear Aquileana. Hugs and cheers 🙂 Irina

  5. irinadim says:

    Reblogged this on Irina's Poetry Corner and commented:

    I’m reblogging this post to celebrate ANZAC DAY 2016 ~ LEST WE FORGET

  6. milliethom says:

    A lovely poem, Irina, and a wonderful tribute to both ANZAC Day and the heroes of all wars.

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