Judge not too harsly

In the twlight of his life

The dishevelled old man

Spends his day time sitting on pavements

With a plastic cup in his hand

He sleeps on door steps

On piles of cardboards for a bed

 

He wears a shirt frayed at the collar and cuffs

_Patch work mosaic trousers

_Socks darned with multicoloured threads

The soles of his shoes are full of holes

His blazer is repaired with elbow patches

Emblems proudly pinned on the lapel

 

Now hunched backed

He looks at the world through sad eyes

His lips don't let slip his past

He bravely bears his pains

And has no time to grumble

He conducts himself with dignity

 

In another life he had taken the Queen's schilling

To fight for his country's cause

Sent abroad to defeat the enemy

He obeyed orders

Witnessed atrocities

Fought with courage, valour and distinction

 

He returned home a broken man

The Promised Land fit for heroes

In the time old fashioned way

Dumped him on the returning wrecked soldiers

Scrap yard

 

When you next walk past a man sitting

On a cold concrete slab

Holding a plastic cup

Judge him not too harshly

 

◄ I would be nothing without you

Shall we be friends? ►

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poemagraphic

Fri 27th Mar 2020 16:55

Hi Abdul it is so nice to see you posting.

This is a great piece of poetry that tells sadly an all too familiar story.

During this time of 'empty streets', their cups are empty, their tummy is empty, their eyes are empty... My soul cries out and my prayers go out for them.

Po

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keith jeffries

Fri 27th Mar 2020 16:25

Abdul,

This poem resonates with me as an ex serviceman who has witnessed much of what you write. Many ex servicemen are sleeping rough in doorways largely due to PTSD or an inability to readjust to civilian life. On 11 November every year we stand at our war memorials and echo the words "We will remember them" but in reality we forget them.

Thank you for this
Keith

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