William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER

Billy WillbondGreat Grandpa quelled the Mutiny
and fought at the Taku Fort
And his dad fought in the Valley of death
near a Russian Port

And overseas at Waterloo,
his Great Gramps made a stand
My grandpa fought at the Khyber Pass
and in Afghanistan

My Dad fought in World War Two,
making world peace for me and you
And I joined up at seventeen
to serve my Country and my Queen

Every morning I went for a run
for twenty years I carried a gun
I think of these things now that I’m older
– these portraits of the family soldier

Submitted for the April 2003 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “Portrait of a Soldier