Martin Swords

Rookie (9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

All The Boys - Poem by Martin Swords

On back a bedroom door
A hook, a cap, untouched
This many year. The head
That wore it laughing
Lies in Messines
Under the green grass
Cut short back and sides
Like all the boys

Martin Swords
May 2008
Wicklow Writers

Comments about All The Boys by Martin Swords

  • (10/2/2011 2:22:00 PM)

    The dripping tap of shock on second reading. (Report) Reply

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  • Fay Slimm (11/29/2008 8:35:00 AM)

    This short but so strong a verse brought lump to my throat and ache to my heart. - - Oh Martin, what have we done to these laughing boys.......... I feel, these days, a true communal guilt over these lost lives.... a poignant and moving write. - - Fay. (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2008 5:46:00 AM)

    Short just impactful. Enjoyable read. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (8/27/2008 4:23:00 PM)

    Right, that's a good one. Gets a 10
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  • (8/25/2008 2:59:00 PM)

    This took my breath away - a great war poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 23, 2008

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