Sunday, 11 November 2012

Armistice Day - November by Irene Snatt



In Preston Park there is a tank.
Relic of the Battle of Cambrai.
Its rusty treads loom over,
Threatening.

I play with Army buttons,
Unwind some tattered puttees.

On corners of the shopping streets
The blind and maimed
Are selling matches.

Some veterans march.
A brass band plays
Sussex by the sea,
And Mother sighs and says
Before the Marne,
Before the Somme,
She watched the boys in khaki
March away.

By Irene Snatt.

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