Sketches of Kandahar

I remember Kandahar, flying low across a golden landscape in the door of a Blackhawk, the sun a red ball sinking behind jagged mountains. The goat herders below us, waving their sticks upward, flashing huge toothy smiles. Seeing the sand whip up around them as we roared over and passed them. 

 

The sheer beauty of it, the thrill and wonder of being alive in that moment. Seeing The Gates of K...

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Stimlje

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Along the open flatlands toward Stimlje, the land rises.

Through the tight enclosed lanes to the further side, almost leaving.

A battered overgrown compound, mesh fences collapsing, open in part.

 

Stimlje Mental Asylum.

The incarcerated have not departed, abandoned they remain.

The staff having fled, chose freedom.

 

Snow lays patchy underfoot, stained with shit and blood.

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THE FEATHER ON THE TRIGGER

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It's just a way of life

said the man with the gun,

you win it or you lose it

and when all is said and done.

 

But the odds and the favour

can be tipped from over here

by a warm winning smile

from a boy with no fear.

 

They say that respect

is a game hard won

but they can't see the smile

down the barrel of the gun.

 

The feather on the trigger

tipping...

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Last Light

LAST LIGHT

 

Along the hedge rowed Surrey lane

A last light shimmers on moonlights wane

As bar staff stack the chairs again

He walks the road by which he came

 

Kicks the dog and mutters bitter

Too proud to ever be a quitter 

 

Can’t hear the sea this far inland

Or recall the feel of hand in hand

But oh, he can still hear the band 

And in his mouth still tast...

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THE VICTORY DAY

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The 8th -9th of May – the Greatest Day,
the Saint Holiday – the Victory Day.
A holiday with glee and spree,
a holiday with tears that appear
remembering those soldiers,
the heroes of the Second World War.
Those hardcore days
we don’t want to face anymore.
That was the largest war
in the history of mankind,
I don’t want you to be blind
but to know and remember the facts:
almost 58 milli...

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The Gallipoli Fallen

The Gallipoli Fallen

 

From Perth to Auckland came the merry brave

Fighting for King and Empire and the motherland to save

The Anzac was led with zeal and might

Churchill's men prepared to fight the merry fight

 

To the Dardanelles the men were led ashore

To open a supply route to Russia, so ill-equipped and poor

Churchill's plan to obliterate the Ottomans from the war

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Don't You Dare

Don't you dare lie to us about Islam 

Don't you dare say ISIS is more than just a sham

The truth is Islam is all about peace and that's a fact

The truth is ISIS has no truth at all, it's all just an act

 

For just like Christianity, Islam has been misused

For just like Christianity, Islam has been abused

By power seeking maniacs who speak no truth at all

There’s never been ...

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Rage On The Loose

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Aggression seeps from jaundiced bones.
IS kills too many crouching in their homes
Al Queda murdered thousands in Twin Towers
the result of all those deaths is sobbing showers
the rain of tears could form a salty river to clean
out all the evil that shattered so many a dream
and in the end those fighters only ever produce
a waste of life and resources with rage on the loose…

Wake up you d...

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"Night will Fall"

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 For those who are alive

To see the British newsreel

And remember the spring of 1945.

 

The British army entered Bergen-Belsen,

The heart of Germany -

The town of beauty and harmony.

Neat gardens, rich farms, …

All around seemed to have only charms.

English soldiers began to admire the place,

In any case, up to the moment

When they felt the smell.

It looked lik...

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