squirrel Posted 1 January , 2011 Share Posted 1 January , 2011 As it is a New Year, I thought this might be a suitable topic for everybody to have a go at. (Currently sheltering in the spare room as my wife attacks the house with vacuum cleaner and duster and the cats have gone out to enjoy themselves in the drizzle rather than endure the noise and upheaval). While thinking about a topic, I wrote this: New beginnings The old khaki hangs in the wardrobe With the brasses tarnished and dulled. The chevrons and battle patches faded, And the boots they are no longer bulled. My civvie clothes all pressed and ironed Are what I am wearing now. With a reminder of my martial glory; Three ribbons of medals, one row. And a metal badge “For King & Country” For the wound that I suffered, still sore.... Now it’s time to look to the future But not forget what has been before. So, I’ll go back to my job as a grocer, Weighing out the cheese, sugar and tea. And return to our rooms in the evening Where my lovely girl’s waiting for me. But nothing’s the same as it was then, Before Kaiser Bill upset the cart. And I donned the garb of a soldier And from my lovely girl I had to part. I lost many friends and companions And our family are fewer this year. But the brother and cousins who perished Are still held in our hearts so dear. So now we’ve a New Year, a new start, To build our lives and dreams once again. So let’s drink to the future together And sing the old midnight refrain: “Should auld acquaintance be forgot................ “ © Tony Nutkins 2011 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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