Treasure Island

Mariam de Haan

(04 October 1993 / Pemba, Tanzania)

A letter to a Captain


Captain Owen
Did you find your glory?
The glory you left home for
You should have stayed
Stayed safe at home

Captain Owen
I have seen your photographs
The photographs of words
The photographs of death, of war
The same war you died in

You shouldn't have gone
You should have stayed
Stayed safe at home

Captain Owen
You deserved to live
You would've lived if you never went
And yet if you never went
We would have never known

Captain Owen
Did you get a medal?
I will give you a medal
A medal of humanity
A medal of capturing what no one saw

Deaths that everyone turned away from
But you ran to save

Submitted: Thursday, October 04, 2012
Edited: Friday, October 05, 2012

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A tribute to Wilfred Owen, an unbelievable man and, in my opinion, one of the great hero's of poetry!

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