A SOLDIER'S SELF-EPITAPH



If on one of these ops I'm KIA,
Shot full of metal out there in the "J";
I realize those, from this war, far away,
May pause briefly, and some may say;
What a tragedy he had to go that way.

But they haven't thought like we've thought,
So they haven't fought as we've fought;
Strange, when experience has taught,
At what high price Man's freedom's bought,
Cut the pity short, self respect, not safety, we sought.

 

© Ian Gowlett

 

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