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Boy Soldiers

Poetry By: PaulChafer

Written for my boyhood friends, Graham and Michael Tune. Sadly, Michael is no longer with us and I wrote this poem shortly after his funeral, greatly missed. The two boys were my closest and truest of friends and I am still in touch with Graham, who appears as Glitch in my dragon novels.

Submitted:Apr 28, 2010    Reads: 101    Comments: 13    Likes: 11   

We stalked hawthorn hedgerows,

Backyards our battlefields,

Wielding wooden swords,

Dustbin-lids, for our shields.

We scouted railway cuttings,

Long abandoned and disused,

Where friendship's blended alloys,

Were cast, forged and fused.

We patrolled village streets,

Marched along muddied lanes,

Proudly defending 'our land',

From raiding, heathen, Danes'.

We boldly challenged Vikings',

Beneath a Sixties-summer-sun,

Bonding loyalty, faith and trust,

That will never, come undone.

Those days will not return,


Recalling the fallen heroes,

Fighting follies of our youth.

Protecting imagined Kingdoms,

Lost in time, for evermore,

Boy soldiers standing guard,

In Castles built from straw.


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