Patrick “Paddy” Boyce

Paddy was a member of the Australian Army and saw many men who had returned from overseas duties. He came to recognise that they had issues returning to civilian society.

A MAN CALLED TOM

We talked of many things
Of the pride in all his children
Of the love for his darling wife
Of families and their value
Of a brother lost to young

We talked of river crossings
Of country roads he’d made
Of mines and caves we saw
Of trips to map our history

But we never talked of war
And the horrors that it bought
Yet at the bar at Perry’s Stump
When young soldiers came to meet
A deathly eerie silence
Put paid to all our talk

Author’s Note: Written about my father Tom Boyce. Dad told me after my stint in the Army, he was glad I lost me job.