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Poetry from within

Life In Their Hands

In a land of spiritual beauty

Where soldiers now reside

All comrades together

Now standing side by side

Were their deaths in vain?

Itís not for us to say

But war is an abomination

No more if we had our way

We have no control of decisions

Those politicians have to make

Our armed forces take the consequences

When politicians make mistakes

Itís the families that suffer in silence

After losing someone so close

For them itís a life time of grieving

For the ones they all love the most

It is difficult for those in the forces

As the politicians have the final word

Some of the decision they have made

To me are quite frankly absurd

Soldiers should be protecting our country

Putting their lives on the line when they attack

We know that the enemy will wait for a withdrawal

We all know the enemy will come back

So to all politicians in government

When you are making that choice

Our brave soldiers will deliver

Are sons and daughters with no voice?

Malcolm G Bradshaw