Mickey Cupples

It was a rain soaked afternoon in the 80’s

me and a bunch of disgruntled grunts got bored


We lifted a bomb maker called Mickey Cupples

he was a gimp who’d blown himself up once too often


We just wanted to get out of the Belfast rain

an afternoon at the search cell in Long Kesh was always a good option


I sat with Mickey in the back of the pig I just stared at him for a while

then I asked him about Mairéad Farrell and Gibraltar


He said rather heroically “you live by the gun you die by the gun”

I found some respect for him deep down in my indoctrinated allegiance


Today 500 old grunts rode their hogs passed Westminster

not one single elected twat felt the need to acknowledge their existence


I showed more respect for my sworn enemy back then

in fact I have more respect for Mickey even now because he told the truth.

◄ Burning in and burning out

A cleansing by fire ►


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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 20th May 2019 06:00

Thanks to all of you for stopping by, your reading and comments are much appreciated.

I have mixed feelings about the treatment of veterans and being one myself try to curb my own possible prejudices.

I would never excuse criminality regardless of its practitioners, that is not to say I do not understand the complex motivations of some who indulged in practices beyond their remit (or even those that were quietly sanctioned with a knowing nod) I would not seek "get out of jail free cards" for anyone.

I would expect a level and fair playing field for all the unfortunate individuals who found themselves to be the tools of state or outlawed organisations, their hands soiled whilst others with real power sat safely and comfortably in the rear.

It is a complicated and emotional minefield for veterans of all denominations.


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Martin Elder

Sun 19th May 2019 23:00

A well crafted memory from the past David which I have to say Like Dorothy I am not familiar with. Sadly I ma not surprised that veterans of a number of conflicts are not recognised or truly appreciated for their service.
Nice one

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Stu Buck

Sun 19th May 2019 18:47

everything is wrong david and i cant think of anyone better to document that fact

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 19th May 2019 16:16

The attitude of politicians towards those who are so readily placed by
them in harm's way is most recently witnessed in the report today
about Mrs May's stance over the prosecutions of Northern Ireland

<Deleted User> (21487)

Sun 19th May 2019 11:12

You sound, quite rightly, angry - or disillusioned - or both.

Here i must confess to knowing nothing about your world. My life in comparison is 'cosy' and poems, such as yours, are a disturbing reminder of what others are asked to face to keep us safe.

"Indoctrinated allegiance" is something that i do understand, I think that we are manipulated from the cradle to the grave, by the time we have realized it -it's too late.

Young people worry about 'body image' - 'makeup' etc. without realizing that they are being used and fleeced. Food should be prettily arranged on plates, why? to be accepted as a 'good
person' you should believe in god, why?

Next question - would we be kinder to each other if we had to rely on each other and stopped competing against each other?


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