Wednesday, February 15, 2012

my old sergeant

This is for Poetry Picnic Week 25 at the Gooseberry Garden. The theme is on "Military, Soldiers, Veterans".

I have a soft spot for war poetry, perhaps because I have served in the military before, and partly I have strong views about war when I was younger. Age has mellowed me considerably, and age is about the following poem I have written about a chance encounter between two old soldiers. Hope you will like this poem. :)

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my old sergeant

my old sergeant
calls to me
from a bus stop.
he still remembers me
maybe i am the nerdy one
i don't give him trouble.

we talk
and laugh.

we are old men now
how time has aged a soldier,
he walks with a cane today.

was it not long ago
i saw him dismount
from an armoured carrier
carbine slung across
his chest
walking through a haze
of red dust
churned up
by battle vehicles?

we talk
about the old days.
we laugh
cough a bit

and then
go about our
separate ways.


Some of the great war poetry I have liked, and you probably will...

i) Facing It by Yusef Komunyakaa

ii) In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

iii) The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell

and a whole lot more, written by those who have served, and lived to write about it. And yes, the lyrics of Pink Floyd's album The Final Cut

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2012

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Blogger ashok said...

very different...well written...cheers!

16 February, 2012 00:04  
Blogger Unknown said...

lovely story telling.

glad that you finally calm down and write about some of the experiences you have had,

16 February, 2012 10:43  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...


thank you!


thanks for visiting! it was a pleasant surprise meeting an old army friend. :)

16 February, 2012 16:37  
Blogger booguloo said...

It's nice to share memories while you still have a chance to. I still have a friend or two from the Navy and it's nice to get a call.

17 February, 2012 02:15  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

booguloo, it's great that you're still in contact with your buddies. :)

17 February, 2012 20:35  
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27 March, 2012 10:22  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks, dimas, for the visit and the kind words. :)

27 March, 2012 23:57  

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