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To My Unknown Soldier

I hope these help to keep you safe.

Are you lonely at the front?

You have your pals, along the trenches.

And we have ours, inside the factory.

The laughs we have, us girls.

I didn’t mean, that kind of lonely.

 

That’s why I’m slipping my note

inside this box of ammo,

which, I hope, protects you.

It’s funny. Though we’ve never met

and maybe never will, I ...

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Tags: First world war

Snapshots

You mourn old photographs:

‘I was pretty then, and I never knew it.’

 

I’ve just filled an album

with our last pieces of paper

before digital took over:

It includes my mother’s 80th birthday

(she just missed out on 90).

A fabulous, tearful, joyous Sikh wedding,

dancing to the bhangra boy’s beat,

the marriage lasting little more

than a year. That holiday ...

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Surbiton Lagoon

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Bewitching, between-the-wars poster

celebrating dazzling, endless summers.

Picture it: bikinis, towels, diving board,

slide, illicit fags on concrete terraces,

seventies heatwave buses disgorging

shouting, truanting queues day after day.

Anyone would think we had a right to it.

The sun, I mean; and maybe, to play.

 

Taking a plunge so cold it made you gasp.

Then in...

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Plain Man's Valentine

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By Frank Jaye

 

You’ll get no Valentine from me; I’m not the type,

Pallid daffodils prematurely delivered – all that transatlantic hype.

I am not easy with love, be it concept, verb or noun,

My sentiments are more mundane and wear a plainer crown,

Embellished with affection, encouragement, respect not least,

You moderate my temper, rising still like yeast.

 

Matu...

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