Grandad 1930


Grand lad

Blanket row


East Yorkshire


Battle garland

“Oppy wood”

18 yrs old

Covered in mud

Killing and dying

Mired in blood

Lived to

Be broken

Lived to be token

Of the man who

Left grandma’s house.


Became fist fighter

Became bare knuckle




Champion of 

Old Hull

With his 

naked fists

Every Sunday

After church

Before the pub


Investigated for


With a bayonet

Beat grandma

After every session

To teach her

A lesson

Only he knew.

He died young

Head damaged

Body ravaged

And grandma


With a legacy 

Of seven mouths

And knees bent 

To parish



“I’ll never have 

Another man

Even if he has

Diamonds coming out

Of his arse”! 


◄ Shame

Recruitment Office 1979 ►


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Sat 2nd Mar 2019 22:32

The way you've made the lines into columns gives this a feel of a role call Phil for me. Packs a punch - I think It would be an education to bring characters like this back to the streets and see how they fare and how we would fare with them now.
There is a sense that they inhabit a murky half world.


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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 13:23

My words can add nothing to this.


<Deleted User> (21487)

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 13:08

"Only he knew
He died young
Head damaged
Body ravaged"

I think that says it all - the sheer cruelty of war.


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