He Went to War

His arm was blown off in World War One;

When he came home, a one-armed man,

The government replaced his gun

With a knife-cum-fork

And the equivalent

Of two pounds a week.

He told of boys in the trenches,

So terrified they would crawl

Around older men’s ankles,

Only to see them fall.

He strove to make a living,

Driving cows and selling rabbit skins;

When his wife died in the workhouse,

He had to give up his sons.

He went to war

For freedom.

He went to war

For peace.

He went to war

So his children could have

A better life than his.

He Went to War

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