Martin Swords

Rookie (9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

All The Boys


On back a bedroom door
A hook, a cap, untouched
This many year. The head
That wore it laughing
Lies in Messines
Under the green grass
Cut short back and sides
Like all the boys







Martin Swords
May 2008
Wicklow Writers

Submitted: Saturday, August 23, 2008

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Comments about this poem (All The Boys by Martin Swords )

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jasmin Whyte (10/2/2011 2:22:00 PM)

    The dripping tap of shock on second reading. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Fay Slimm (11/29/2008 8:35:00 AM)

    This short but so strong a verse brought lump to my throat and ache to my heart. - - Oh Martin, what have we done to these laughing boys.......... I feel, these days, a true communal guilt over these lost lives.... a poignant and moving write. - - Fay. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tanya Stanford (8/28/2008 5:46:00 AM)

    Short just impactful. Enjoyable read. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 299 Points Adeline Foster (8/27/2008 4:23:00 PM)

    Right, that's a good one. Gets a 10
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 342 Points Colin Jeffery (8/25/2008 2:59:00 PM)

    This took my breath away - a great war poem. (Report) Reply

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