The generals fry in their fat,
The spokesman spouts his usual junk;
The sergeant’s barking will fall flat,
The new recruit has trashed his bunk.
The rumpus at the front is still;
Noise of mortal combat ceases.
Exhausted soldiers, trained to kill,
Break their weapons into pieces.
They hug their foes and swap their hopes
Of lives soon filled with joy and art;
Tuesday 29th November 2022 4:33 pm
For those who sleep from battles lost
And paid, for us, the ultimate cost
For all who came back from war
Forever scarred by what they saw
The lucky ones,
so they say
They got to see
But their friends who fell
At the toll of death's bell
Still haunt their dreams
Upon the fields of screams
Where poppies now dwel...
Friday 11th November 2022 7:54 am
I know that the truth about war
Is limbs blown off and bodies burned,
Though someone working for the law
May bang his polished desk and say
That he will leave no stone unturned,
And generals will bleat and pray
That ‘certain’ lessons must be learned.
The soldier, gasping with relief,
Will weep in buckets for his mates
And dream, discreetly, in his grief,
Of planting ...
Sunday 7th August 2022 10:11 pm
Close now. I think. It’s hard to tell sometimes.
War takes away perspective with its taste
Of danger, its relentless jabs of fear.
Yes, we can see them. Just across the field,
Behind the trees but not quite out range.
Easy prey for our telescopic sights.
They’ll probably never know what hit them;
Two of them are down, the rest run away.
Bloody cowards, just like we wou...
Tuesday 14th June 2022 7:21 am
The war is sucking up our splendid youth.
They’re racing to the front; they won’t come back.
Each town and village starts to empty out,
As friends and classmates go on the attack.
They’re fighting for our dignity and state
Of freedom and of happiness pursued,
But consequences, each one plainly knows,
Could be unmentionably vile and rude.
In these now quiet streets the ...
Friday 10th June 2022 7:44 am
I wonder if those who lay the mines down
Stay put and wait for victims to approach,
Or, with a surreptitious grin, retreat.
As for the victims, no imagining
The horror of their plight will bring them back.
The miner and mined have done their duty.
In moral terms, they seem so far apart:
One bad, one innocent. But consider.
They are both under orders not to think:
Tuesday 7th June 2022 10:17 pm
Strange feeling, standing next to this felled tree,
A victim of a violent assault.
Not long ago, these leaves were vigorous
In the reflection of a sparkling sun.
Green dominated, but entertainments
Of all shapes and styles delighted this Earth.
Now brown and shrivelled, they slip existence,
As they accompany their own decline.
We know that feeling too. The lynched bodies,...
Tuesday 31st May 2022 5:30 pm
She strapped on her warplane and flew away to fight
Russian jets being the enemy to be hit
Her missiles were old like her plane
But it was a good one well built
Serviced by her mechanics to perform
When ordered to do by her
She the tip of the spear just a gal
Reason I love my mistress the pilot
Defending our nation each and every day
She already ...
Saturday 28th May 2022 8:52 pm
A dead tree is sad, but it stands, present,
Benevolent, useful, still in the game.
It has nobility, even when charred
By flames, in the overheat of wartime.
Dead people though, perish in every sense;
Their limp remains plead for quick disposal.
All that’s left is once-removed: memories,
Letters, film of their pomp and garden games,
The sly maintenance of reputations.
Monday 23rd May 2022 9:51 pm
It’s when I see the kites
a family are flying on the Stray
and notice how they glint in blue and gold
belatedly I catch on, how today
the bichrome of the flag of the Ukraine
has never been completely out of sight:
I’ve seen its vivid tones unrolled
not just where you’d expect:
flourished on the apex of a pole;
sellotaped to windows or on do...
Tuesday 29th March 2022 1:39 pm
Shed No tears
There we go the same thing all over again
More of the same nothing changes
But the location and date
Death is death
Killing is killing
War profit is war profit
Way it goes from Napoleon to now
The dollar amount increases
Making the fat cats fatter
Their bank accounts rise to God
This will never ever end
Like the Alien films
They rule and own all...
Sunday 20th March 2022 10:05 pm
What's up the sky and the Russian planes?
Before they're splashed by Stinger missiles
Whoosh! Missile away go go go kill a jet
Or chopper bring it down in the water
Let the crew freeze or drown
Some burn alive or get killed in the crash
How dare they invade Ukraine!
Teach them all a lesson forever
Some things not to be forgotten
Like Duncan in Dune 2021 d...
Sunday 20th March 2022 10:01 pm
Tupolev 141 Drone
Those old drones and planes and choppers all sat there just waiting to fly to war. Polish the metal fuel them up kick the tires away they go. No crew just needed just a memory of flight. Something part of their fabric like their wings or engine. A thing part spirit part elemental that exists beyond human comprehension though we built the machines.
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:56 pm
All Putin’s Fault
The man cries
No more wife
No more child
No more family
No more home
No more Ukraine
No more happiness
Huge bomb craters
All Putin’s fault
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:53 pm
The pretty lady screams
KILL ME NOW!!!
Putin’s bombs just murdered her baby
What life will the young mum have now?
In a shattered country war death hate killing
The bastard waited decades for this
And acted not caring the cost
Of Russia’s neighbouring nation
Plus thousands of dead Russian soldiers
Let the traumatised lady be an example...
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:48 pm
With this book we have to make a difference
The weight of worry and seriousness is huge
This has not happened before not this way
And very soon all things could happen
They try to control it but can they?
How do you control so many soldiers?
Along with the other shooters
Planes ships launchers tanks and more
Myself I've never felt this way
Except briefly in t...
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:42 pm
Sky black burnt like sack cloth by the fires
Endless fires vivid orange flames
Always orange as is the screams
Now invisible for they are dead
Bodies black ash blown about
Wind whipped up by the flames
Orange wind this way and that
Like the war win lose win lose
On and on till it simply ended
All dead nobody left to fight
Pull the trigger dro...
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:37 pm
The English ex SAS Special Forces member went to the Ukraine to fight. He travelled light and took just a small back pack and a head full of skills. A gun was a gun and a bayonet a bayonet. He was trained to use most things as weapon especially military articles.
He decided to go to the Ukraine after the Russians invaded proper in early 2022. The Ukrainian Army too...
Sunday 20th March 2022 9:26 pm
Firing other people’s bullets
With other people’s sons
With the refugee
Who would be welcome here
If they weren’t such a risk to national insecurity
And Lincolnshire is full, says Leigh
Even if they’re willing to pick fruit
What has Liz’s dressing-up box
Got for us today?
Fighter pilot? Tank commander?
Recruiter for La Légion étrangère?
Friday 4th March 2022 10:00 am
HERE COMES THE WAR
Upon the hand that wears the ring
Upon the land where locusts sing
There lies a shadow that begins
To make fools of foolish kings
By fear, hunger, hate and pride
By secret tears never cried
By flood, famine, fire and rod
By supplication to their God
Here comes the war
Over the border
Right to your door
Here comes the war
Saturday 26th February 2022 3:32 am
Mt Mataba Battlefield Hike
I did my first 2022 hike up Mt Mataba. I had previously planned to go to Clark area and see some battle sites up there but it was cancelled due to CCP Virus restrictions. Maybe next month instead. I took one of the front paths up Mt Mataba. I wanted to see the Japanese field hospital tunnel again and photograph it. On the way up Mt Mataba I met a hiking party the...
Monday 24th January 2022 6:43 am
An Awful Harvest
I went a hike up to Wawa in Montalban and up the mountain roads. Here I was to go past the peaks of Mt Parawagan, Susong Dalaga and Mt Lagyo plus others. The road had been improved by engineers with trucks and plant equipment. I wanted to hike a big circle right back to the beginning. This was possible a few months ago but not now due to the building of the Pamitinan Dam. It wi...
Monday 10th January 2022 12:54 am