Return to Mary Cresswell


Mary Cresswell


Put a new shine on the medals

publish the verses again

dulce et decorum est

as long as the good guys win


Honour with crocodile tears

the opposing ranks of men

‘they’re only blokes like us’

then pick up your rifle again


Tie up the conchies to fence posts

wrench back their arms with wire

remember they barely are human

prop them in the front line


Guts and god and glory

pause to mutter ‘amen’

then repeat that damn story

again and again and again


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