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Poetry from within

British Army Veteran

I am a british army veteran,

Once I stood to take an oath,

I signed a cheque of no amount

For queen and country both

I never fought in combat,

But stood beside a few,

Who did and some of which,

You may have even knew.

We trained to stand our ground,

And fight unto the death,

To protect our ways and values

Until we take our final breath

The time we served, for each of us,

A different clock was set,

Live out our days in civvi street,

If our makers were not met.

What it means to be a veteran,

Most wont understand,

It means that once a part of you,

Stood guard upon our land.

Tis not something money buys,

In fact a shilling we all took,

To take our place among a few,

Who each could write a book.

Before you ask, where did i go,

Or what battles I went to,

I am a british army veteran,

Can I say the same to you?

"Lest we forget"


Ross de Freitas