The Lads

A sea of burning foaming waves

Black sky suddenly alight with Flames

Quiet mountains

Now engulfed in violence

Screams echo between the rocks

Heroic deeds

Life taken in an instance

A brother falls

Your heart torn out

Onwards you go

Into the pages of history

Just survive this hell

No thoughts of home

Slam home another magazine

Cordite burns your nostrils

Meaning your still of this earth

To move towards a wall of bullets


Because you’re a soldier

More fear of failing your comrades

Than dying for your Regiment

Crack thump


Then up

One more bound

I will survive

The dawn light

Will see me home

The class of 82.


© Tony McNally

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