1918 Then and Now 2018
If they could speak… ?
Memorials to war they stand
In cities, towns across our land
The lists of names are there to read
They gave their lives our nation’s need
Each believed in time we’d gain
Valued freedom our prize – their pain
With which to build as time moved on
A better world for those unborn
If they could speak what would they say
To us who stand Remembrance Day
“If we could speak these tales we’d tell
Of how we died or bravely fell
We who faced the bullet’s point
That passed through lung or heart or joint
Or deeply lodged with scant respect.
It lay within our body wrecked
On crater’s edge some did recline
And saw their blood with mud combine
Beneath black slime watched bodies slide
Still uniformed there to abide
Their ‘morrows lost for your todays.
If we could speak here’s what we’d say
Tell us - the fallen what can you claim
Improvements made in freedom’s name.
Our God revered we all believed
Helped us to do what we achieved.
Today your Gods who are they?
Celebrities change day by day.
Your present poor the ‘lower ranks’
Why do they seek their food from banks?
Your elderly in later years
With family live or lonely tears?
Why as we look down city street
In doorways cardboard, frozen feet?
Your addicts crave drugs damage health
Yet more obscene is craving wealth.
Rich poor despise devoid of heart,
Society falling apart?
So why such pomp each year’s parade?
We died not for this world you’ve made”.
Kenneth H. MacLeod November 2018
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