Soldier – by Geoffrey Prior

You were young,

Aching to be old

Put your boots on

To be told

 

Hang in soldier

90 pages of first-class reading ––>

CONTACT magazine, issue 64

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

Soldier

Avoid the throng

Pay no heed

And sing your song

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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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