Soldier – by Geoffrey Prior

You were young,

Aching to be old

Put your boots on

To be told


Hang in soldier

God be paid

It won’t take long

Know your trade


There is truth

For what you do

A moment’s flash

Become the glue


To the void of nothing

Except those there

Sucked of History

A blink, a stare


Go you back

Of course tomorrow

No other moment

It isn’t sorrow


And not love

Though maybe close

And who would miss

Another dose


You go back

Of course you do

Memory’s slide

Impels you to


You learned silence

Never to ask

Beggar the story

Always the task


You knew death

Not very far

Always the moment

Never a star


We thank you completely

For backing us in

We will not ask

If it were sin


Syrup the dragon


Avoid the throng

Pay no heed

And sing your song



FILE PHOTO: Members of Overwatch Battle Group–West get ready to participate in an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Talil, Iraq, 2008. Photo by Brian Hartigan.





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