Not Long Left

Rookie (17.05.1981 / The Molten Core)

Casulties Of War - Poem by Not Long Left

Young enough still to hold my fathers
hands, we walked at my pace.

passing stalls selling stencils, crumpled
comics, mystical rugs it was endless.

Father led me to a spot draped in
camouflaged sheets. A man behind

the badge littered table smiled. I saluted
him with the right hand he saluted with

the left. Looking at my father with a
silent question. The man smiled, lifted

an armless arm 'lost it on the fourth day
of D-Day' He looked down at his

sagging collection of silver and bronze
badges 'in honour of my arm' he sighed.

Father bought me a unspent bullet
polished and gleaming. Leading me

through the horde of people I asked
father why he had never showed me

Grandads medals. Father looked
out at the sea and squeezed my hand.

Tighter and more affectionalty than ever
before 'There are many types of a

casulties of war'. This did not make
sense for a long time. Until last week

when I stumbled upon a yellow aged
letter written by my Nan to her friend

Betty telling her that her husband had
met a 'French Whore' whilst he was

serving his country and he would not
be coming home again.

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Comments about Casulties Of War by Not Long Left

  • Aldo Kraas (3/5/2007 1:16:00 PM)

    There is something about casualty of wars when you open the hotmail
    You will see it
    It talks about soldiers coming back from war to the states
    They talk about Medical care in the states
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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 5, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 27, 2011


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