You Were Only Small

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Again not from personal experience.

Submitted: May 02, 2008

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You were only small
When you decided you were going to be a soldier
Scrawled naive pictures of regimental men
Played harmless games with friends in the garden
Toy guns held high
Marching up and down our street
Grazed knees, your war wounds
A few plasters maybe
You didn't cry or make a fuss
Mummy's brave little soldier
 
But you grew up
Followed that ambition
Went to war, to “Be the Best”
 
You knew it would be hard
You were not injudicious
Always “such a clever boy”
 
And yet you never conceived this
The harsh reality
 
Your reveries in childhood were innocent
The earth was not stained red from the blood of men
Soldiers
Friends
Those whom you played with in the garden
Lie now with you in the dirt
But unlike those games you cannot start over
This game is your last
You may have grown
But forever mummy’s little soldier


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