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War Torn - Poem by James Mills

Some remnant living in muscle memory
is pressed, dressed and polished each time
he marches, slowly now and with tired bones,
to the Legion for his Friday bingo.
His numbers, in all the years, haven't shown
as ex-corporal caller turns the wheel
and the same bally jokes revolve and drop,
snipered, on the half-deaf, half-dead, half-full
hall of pensioners with fat pens
and luckless grins whose week's entertainment
spins and tumbles. Someone checks. They groan.
He removes his specs sauntering barwards
for his first pint, shouts an old joke,
'Hey, you barsteward'
takes the barkeeps wince for a smile.
He re-enlists each Friday, soldiering on,
wishing he might 'fall-out'.
Surrender.


Comments about War Torn by James Mills

  • Rookie Andy Konisberg (5/7/2005 8:58:00 PM)

    great piece. I can find the rhythm here...it flows in a perfectly sentient way...it depends if one likes free verse an internal rhythms...I do...it has to with spondees, dactyls, et al. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Ivy Christou (5/3/2005 7:18:00 AM)

    your last three lines, struck me there, in the heart... Especially the last, a lonely 'surrender' that it is so meaningful... very well done!
    HBH (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 30 Points Frances Macaulay Forde (5/2/2005 11:31:00 AM)

    Excellent poem encompassing all the senses. Particularly liked the ending.

    'He re-enlists each Friday, soldiering on,
    wishing he might 'fall-out'.
    Surrender.'

    Well done James! Lots more please and which are you? When I click for more information there is a wealth of info about James Mills... so where are you from? You have obviously been writing for a while - your skill & experience shows. (Report) Reply

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  13. 63. War Photograph , Kate Daniels
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  17. 67. Against The War , Ivy Christou
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  22. 72. In The Time Of War, Xii , WH Auden
  23. 73. End Of War , Herbert Nehrlich
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  29. 79. War + Lives Add Love = Freedom , Dave Tanguay
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  31. 81. Home In War-Time , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  32. 82. The War Of The Children , Aldo Kraas
  33. 83. Children Of War , William Sutherland
  34. 84. War , Bob Blackwell
  35. 85. 0015 Aftermath Of War , Michael Shepherd
  36. 86. Casualties Of War , Not Long Left
  37. 87. ' War ' , Gordon Whittaker
  38. 88. Memories Of War , Linda Hepner
  39. 89. Civil War , Stanley Cooper
  40. 90. War Of The Words , Linda Ori
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  42. 92. The War Of Inis-Thona , James Macpherson
  43. 93. War On Depression , Ferret Girl
  44. 94. War Memoirs , Herbert Nehrlich
  45. 95. It Was The War To End All Wars , Richard S. Wells
  46. 96. World War Two , Dale T. Stewart
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  48. 98. War , Daniel Chapman
  49. 99. A War , Sylvia Chidi
  50. 100. The War-Song Of Dinas Vawr , Thomas Love Peacock
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