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Poetry from within

“Techie” Nervous Nah.!!!!!

Hi “Techie” I thought I’d write a few lines

In answer to the touching poem you wrote

For the words you chose were informed & with knowledge

To outline the concerns that you quote

For no man is an Island or so they say

To share thoughts and problems is great

For not knowing what the next day may bring

It’s a hard thing to contemplate

Even I can imagine the Adrenaline rush, perhaps a worry

When first involved in any theatre of War

The concerns & the worries that you may encounter, in fact

But during training they’re not accounted for

The first thoughts as the Battle begins for you

No one will be able to erase

Urgency, noise , cordite and destruction

Will be with you for the rest of your days”

“Nervous” you’re not but perhaps cautious

With an awareness on which a Soldier must depend

For in Battle your life may be on a knife edge

And maybe the lives of many a friend

You’ve fought and you’ve seen and you’ve witnessed

What many Journalists too often quote

Casualties wounded and fatal as statistics

Which instigates this strange lump in your throat

But you are a truly Professional Soldier

And you’ll carry out whatever duty you’re set

In the knowledge that what happened yesterday has gone

Though in your mind you will never forget

Decorations and Medals may lay in your drawer

As reminders of past conflicts fought with pride

And of the men with whom you had the honour to serve

As brothers in arms fighting side by side

For “ Techie” You do a job that many couldn’t do

If I were a Gambler I’d be willing to bet

As you’re not the type to get “nervous”

For you’ve got a lot more battles to win yet .


27th September 2009

Dennis Shrubshall