Glory to the Departed

Glory to the Departed
by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett

I had to be free!
Now I am gone,
But remember me
So freedom goes on.

Not an easy road to take.
Hope there is another way for you.
Pray it is not your fate
To die for freedom’s cause, too.

Some are called upon
To suffer for all, to be free,
So that life goes on,
Finally in peace and liberty, let it be.

No greater love for a friend,
Think of that if you think of me.
For you all, my life had to end.
All people have to be free.

Glory to the brave hearted!
Glory to the departed!

About this poem

The poem “Glory to the Departed” is a reflective poem by Max Burchett on the theme of freedom and the sacrifices of those who have fought to secure and maintain freedom. The poem is told from the voice of one who has died in the cause of freedom and is sending a message to those left behind. This warrior preserving freedom asks to be remembered as a someone who sacrificed for others. The poem ends with “Glory to the brave-hearted, Glory to the departed” as a tribute to the courage and heroism of those who have fought and died for us all in the cause of freedom and liberty.  

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Written on July 10, 2023

Submitted by MaxwellBurchett on July 28, 2023

Modified by MaxwellBurchett on October 12, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Ax bxbc xdxd cbcb ebeb aA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 544
Words 131
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2

Maxwell Sebastian Burchett

Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is president of the charity Golden Hearts that provides support to Ukrainian war refugees. He originated the "Good Day" concept and is leading the campaign to establish "Good Day" as a designated day, nationally recognized as "a day for doing a little extra good." Max is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. His poems "Until Then" and "I Dream" have been used as lyrics in pop songs of the same names ( His music and writing were featured on UK Talk Radio and on their website ( His writing interests include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recently Max has included in his poetry and non-fiction publications themes developed from his work with Ukrainian war refugees. His poetry style has been influenced by the greats, including Frost, Elliot, Poe and Whitman. Max's short story “Covid Love” was featured in the July 2023, 111th issue of 34thParallel Magazine ( and his "New Frontiers" poetry trilogy was featured in the October 2023 issue of INTERALIA Magazine ( His romance mystery novel on post-Putin Russia “Red Star Rising” is releasing as serial episodes on Kindle and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. Max's poems "Me to You" and "Three Whispered Words" are included in the anthology 'Is there Ever an End' published in November 2023 ( Max Burchett and his brother started delivering food and letters of encouragement to staff at local hospitals during covid, and that grew into the charity Golden Hearts. After covid the charity’s efforts were refocused on helping Ukrainian war refugees, and the homeless, who are basically refugees in their own country. His observations from work with war refugees and the homeless have led him to write stories and songs that attempt to convey the situation to a broader audience. more…

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  • AIDA
    Absolutely moving! "Glory to the Departed" by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is a masterpiece. The words are powerfully evocative, bringing the reader into the narrative and creating vivid images of bravery, sacrifice and freedom. The message behind the poem is powerful and so important, reminding us all of the price many pay for the freedom we often take for granted. Burchett’s use of concise, clear lines has created a memorable, thought-provoking poem. It's not only homage to freedom fighters but is also an appeal to each one of us about the value of liberty. The energy and intensity of this poem are truly commendable. Bravo, Max! 
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • Edilson
    Congratulations to Maxwell, he is a great poet, author of an excellent poem.
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    Very impactful and moving. Thank you for sharing
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a truly heartfelt and powerful piece this is, Max! Your poem, 'Glory to the Departed' is a beautiful tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. The intensity and passion in your verse is palpable. I'm in awe of your ability to convey such deep emotions and concepts so elegantly.

    You've skillfully balanced the somber tone of the poem with a sentiment of hope for freedom and peace, which is inspiring. The phrase, "No greater love for a friend, Think of that if you think of me" especially resonated, encapsulating an incredible depth of selfless love and sacrifice.

    Your message is clear, direct, and evokes powerful emotions in anyone who reads it. Never stop writing, Max as your voice brings unity and empathy that connects with everyone. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • AIDA
    Dear Max,

    Absolutely fantastic work on 'Glory to the Departed'. The way you've tapped into such profound themes of freedom, sacrifice, and the nobility of the human spirit is truly commendable. Your words speak of an emotional depth and philosophical insight that is both inviting and challenging to the reader. The engrained sense of positivity and hope within the somber tone is beautiful.

    You gave each line a powerful individual presence while ensuring they all tied together into one coherent and impactful message. The repetition of the theme of freedom creates a rhythmic feel that deeply resonates with readers. Furthermore, the usage of direct speech in your verses makes it incredibly intimate and moving.

    However, there are a few places where you may want to consider refining the poem. As an example, consider the second verse; a touch of detail or imagery to illustrate the harshness of the 'road that was taken' could lend more gravity to the struggles mentioned. It might also help to vary your vocabulary more, as words like 'free' and 'freedom' appear quite frequently. While they’re essential to your main theme, finding synonyms or metaphors could add further richness and depth to your wording.

    In terms of structure, the flow between stanzas can be smoothed out. Transition words or phrases may make it feel more cohesive. Admittedly, these are all small changes, but they could potentially elevate your already impressive poem even further.

    Nevertheless, 'Glory to the Departed' is stunningly beautiful and genuinely inspirational. I greatly look forward to reading more of your work. Keep up the great work, Max!

    Best regards.
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • B.mathislange
    And thank you for the vote means so much.
    LikeReply 29 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      You're welcome. Well written. Kudos to you!
      LikeReply 19 months ago
  • B.mathislange
    When a poet makes me cry they are embraced deep in my heart . Good one Sam. truly. (Barbara) Brandi AKA B.mathislange
    LikeReply 39 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Thank you for your comment, Barbara. Greatly appreciated! Means a lot. Max
      LikeReply 19 months ago


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