The Unknown Soldier

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The Unknown Soldier

I thought I felt abandoned
With no armour going to war
Mum and dad spending out to buy me Kevlar and more

I thought I felt abandoned
When made homeless after service
I begged and tried to drown myself in booze and drugs to sink below the surface
Of a society that made me
Who I am and what I was
And I didn’t dream I would feel lower
Than that foul time on the streets because
This country this old blighted place
Once more betrayed me
Kicked me in the face

So virus please do take me
I’ve signed your dnr
I lay here in the care home bed
Yes, my ‘service’ brought me far
I cough and strain to breathe my last
Alone with just my thoughts
And now I know abandonment
Complete, not fought.

 

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