The undeserving poor

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Baffling how he came to be a pauper, he thought,

An ex-serviceman, still with an upright back

Thing is: he never really arrived home. Did he?. 

Not a real home. 

Belfast, The Falklands, Belize, Operation Desert Storm

Are with him every day.

Like many men who wore the uniform Jim is reluctant to see a doctor

"I'll be reet" he says.

Where he served there were No-go No Irish No squaddies areas

The Falls, Free Derry, Shankhill, South Armagh

Where the owner of the Armalite was the only power.

The Sally army bloke tells him: "Yeah, a room, y'know, a home, your only real security."

In his head he's already out on the street again

Not stuck in a room that drains the life out of him.

And anyway, she  moved out  decades ago

Wanted to settle down, build up some memories

He wished he could escape from his

PTSD the nurse had said. Don't know what that is.

The images he has in his head are still massively aflame 

And yeah a few years earlier he was a hero

Now, he was told by the bloke from the Legion,

That he's being sued for obeying orders

And using a gun.

Plenty of unknown soldiers he thinks

Some take to the drink, others take their own lives

His brain is a- flame with all he knows

And the leg where he was shot

He has layers over his heart

Down there, there are levels too,

Like the medals he once wore,

Gone, sold, given away, lost, stolen.

◄ Flogging a dead horse

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 28th Dec 2018 14:40

Deeply sad!!

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John Marks

Fri 28th Dec 2018 14:06

I am afraid we are Kate. Letting ex-squaddies in their 70s take the rap for Bloody Sunday, for instance. Leaving the ex-generals and politicians to express their shock and horror! The usual blatant hypocrisy and injustice.

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 28th Dec 2018 05:23

I think you said it all John, very well and succinctly.

Sad stuff indeed.


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Brian Maryon

Thu 27th Dec 2018 22:57

I feel sure we're going to find out Kate.

Kate G

Thu 27th Dec 2018 22:39

I hope we don't treat servicemen and women like this anymore... A sad tale told well.

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