Martin Swords

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

Tableau for Armistice Day


Posted on Nov.11th 2008 Armistice Day

In Memory of all the Irish Soldiers who were
killed or injured in The World War 1914 - 1918
including family members

' All The Boys'





Polished pride of place
The massive table, heart
Of the home, the only decent
Thing we ever bought.
Solid as a six year marriage
Set with a cloth at the sunny end
For tea. For two.
The rest littered with work,
A warm scarf half
Knitted, a stocking with a ladder.
Letters from the Front.
My pen, my paper,
“Dearest Harry….”
Nothing more.
A sodden handkerchief
My beads. Our picture.
And staring starkly back at me
A passion from Passchendaele
“…………….in action……..”

How can I fill this table,
Alone




Martin Swords
Jan 2006

Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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