Anthology of War Poetry


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A call for poetry linked to the military operations in Afghanistan has come from Ryan Gearing, boss of military bookseller and publisher Tommies Guides.

Explained Ryan, “In November 2011 it will be 10 years since British troops entered Afghanistan following the terror attacks in New York. I want to produce an anthology of the poetry written or suggested by men and women of all three services, involved in securing freedom for the people of Afghanistan, or poetry that has inspired them and their families as they carry out their dangerous duties.â€

Tommies Guides intends to publish the anthology to commemorate the anniversary and give it the title, Enduring Freedom, the original military name for operations in Afghanistan.

For each book sold there will be a donation to the charity Combat Stress, whose workload is much greater as a result of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wing Commander David Hill, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, welcomed the plan, commenting, “For 90 years Combat Stress has led the way in providing vital support to veterans suffering from mental ill health.

“With the Armed Forces constantly in action, we are being approached by more and more veterans who are seeking our unique help. Since 2005 we have seen a 72 per cent increase in new referrals. That’s why we are delighted to back this unusual initiative from Tommies Guides.â€

Suggestions or contributions for poems to be included in the anthology should be sent to:-
Ryan Gearing, Tommies Guides, Menin House, 13 Hunloke Avenue, Eastbourne,
East Sussex, BN22 8UL; EMail, [email protected]


Further media information from:-
Geoff Simpson
0161 483 1790; 07880 790191


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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
So-oldier _of_ the Queen!

Taken from the Young British Soldier, Rudyard Kipling has to be the primary source of relevant material for any anthology of war in Afghanistan.
Ive got one but I'm not sure you'll want it...

What is war? the young girl asked,
Is it something bad.

It must be quite important 
Cos it took away my dad……

Nobody can tell me
 is it wrong or right

That countries who could all be friends,
only want to fight.

It`s also very silly,
why people go to war,

but now I think I’ve had enough, 
an I don’t want no more……

If they need to sort things out, It would seem best to me

To have them all come round our house
 So they can have some tea.

Mummy says I shouldn`t fret,
 and that I`m just a fool,

who will better understand 
when I go to school…….

But war is killing people, 
that surely can’t be fun,

when no one can go out to play,
unless they have a gun

Grandma says It’s silly
and she can’t understand

why soldiers need to walk the streets,
in a foreign land

Grandad wants to join the ranks 
and says he’s bought the right,

to get out there amongst it all,
an show erm how to fight.

Maybe one day it will end,
and then perhaps I’ll see,

my country big and grown up 
and looking after me……..

Meanwhile the soldiers camp outside 
and every night I pray,

that in the morning when I wake

I’ll find they’ve gone away……..

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