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Knowle Hill

March you bastard march,
Make for moon of many a dead man,
Starch the collar with a month of grit,
Storm the O P Den!
On battle ground fixed on foe
The soles of feet take strain,
Pain a soldiers brow.

(Tears release, a cradle keeps,
the chin strap removed gives
room to breathe).

Breathe in!

For chasing bullets be
no more - keep calm the Human
Being within, be warned,
Incensed by war - this hell,
Breathe in,
For this insanity remembered;
Be the public's peace.

One
Two
Three
Four!

Stagger the patrol,
Give space to save from claymore's
Grin, trip the golden line,
Drop to ground in para illumination lit
run through the ambush,
Send the Gun Group right,
Put down effective enemy fire
And take the fire fight.

GROUP
RANGE
INDICATION
TARGET - GRIT,
CLEAR
LOUD
AS ORDERED
PAUSES - CLAP!
Throw some smoke -
Mag on mag off,

Breathe in!

Follow it home,
Follow the moon,
Take a high perch
in this new found FEBA,
Slow down,
Take rest ole man,

Breathe in!

Light a fire by the cairn,
Toast a candle'd 3am,
Take the heat the flask
will bring, and weep the
Tears of freedom.

Look down the dead ground,
See Heywood lit and
Pray for dreams of children,
Pray the never be alone,
Pray the quiet quartered
Battle kept -

Breathe in!

Share no wreaths
of Battledom, sleep a silent
quarrel, This quandary in a Shell
Shocked mind and never forget,
As much as you the warrior be
Hexed, the life you gave,
The pride and price that you;
The British Veteran Paid.

Breathe.

Michael J Waite


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