Spare a thought as he comes amongst you

prepared to burst like a boil of hate

on the line he crossed many times

between sanity and that other place

he had to face,

to live his life in the shadow of death revived

knowing the price he has paid

for being witness to exploded breath

spare a thought for him

the one who came out of the storm of fire

remember him


visit not the wastelands for answers,

remember him with his footsore mind

spare a thought for the beating heart of every day faced

and restless nights,


don't blame him with your fears, false tears

worship him not as a God who turns away

while you take for granted all the virtues

and glories of the past.





IN NORWAY 1976 ►


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Mon 19th Nov 2018 22:29

You've got it in one Hannah, as always! Thank you.


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Hannah Collins

Mon 19th Nov 2018 16:21

Behind every public remembrance and display are real people, real soldiers who went to war and have seen conflict and have to live with it as best they can.
This poem describes so well the turmoil of that reality.
His 'footsore mind.'


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Mon 19th Nov 2018 16:09

HI folks. If you can connect with a poem then what more can we ask? Much of writing is imagination, and so to have that dignified by those with true experience is always a wonderful compliment.
So thank you David especially. Jennifer, I'm glad you picked up on this, obviously you feel it, and likewise to Kate.

Thanks Ria, Marcin (new faces to me), Becky, Anya, John, Charlotte, Kevin for your bountiful support.

Many thanks. Ray

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Sun 18th Nov 2018 12:08

Hi Ray, this a topic close to my heart, powerfully and authentically portrayed.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 18th Nov 2018 11:53

Hi Jennifer and Ray,

Ray, you know I appreciate this poem very much as I have told you via other means. It is excellent, and describes part of me rather well I think.

Jennifer, your comment gave me a smile...as you have seen I do like this very much. I actually wasn't going to comment because of its proximity to home in my regard, however your comment made me want to chip in.

I did go back to your "The Veteran" and although I did vent a little I think I still thought what you wrote was very worthwhile and thought provoking.

Happy Sunday folks,


jennifer Malden

Sun 18th Nov 2018 11:01

Beautiful and often so true - going to war or similar changes a person for ever. (Hope Wolfgar/David doesn't come down on you like a ton of bricks as he did to me over 'The veteran'!) Keep up the good work.


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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 17th Nov 2018 06:37

So poignant.. Beautiful Ray. ❤

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