Ann-Marie Spittle


Old enough to wear the uniform
Old enough to fight
Old enough to travel where the devil’s hordes have might
Old enough to die for us
Old enough to bleed
Old enough to be a man among those Flanders fields

But homeward when the hero comes
What do we find he can’t
Can’t vote, but commanded a platoon
Can’t drink, but did in France
Can’t marry, but knew many sweethearts
Can’t drive a car, but can a tank

So what is old enough when a war’s on
And when are you truly a man
It’s what you can do when it’s needed that matters
And these boys did despite being too young