Colin F. Jones

THE BAND WAGON

Don’t make false the events of war,
Claiming soldiers are so willing and brave,
You who never once a fighting man saw,
Nor his mess lowered into the grave.
Make no reference to the fear they felt,
If you were spared the dreaded event,
Nor claim some emotional guilt,
Because you didn’t go where they reluctantly went.
Speak neither of the living nor dead,
To further your fanciful gain,
Nor feign that you know of their dread,
And their ongoing perpetual pain.
For it must then be fervently said,
You are a person without honour and shame.