Doggerel Dave

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Linger not, stranger; shed no tear.

Go back to those who sent us here.

We are the young they drafted out

To wars their folly brought about.

Go tell those old men, safe in bed,

We took their orders and are dead.   A.D. Hope:

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Linger not stranger, shed no tear

Go back to those who dump us here.

We are the young they’ve left behind

Without prospects but they don’t mind.

Go tell those old folks, safe and rich,

We are disowned and that’s the glitch.   D. Dave:

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  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 2nd, 2020 17:48
  • Comment from author about the poem: So A.D. Hope, who wasn’t a war poet, (No Owen or Sassoon he) none the less produced a little anti war gem. I have taken the liberty of utilising this to produce pastiche like (without any connotation of fun) a critique of one of the most pressing social injustices of today.
  • Category: Sociopolitical
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  • L. B. Mek

    share your sentiments,
    thank you for introducing me to A.D. Hope's gem as well

  • Doggerel Dave

    Cheers L.B. - Didn't think I'd be able to show you anything poetical.

    Regards Dave

  • Michael Edwards

    Ditto LB - it's a great write as is your response.

    • Doggerel Dave

      'Pleased it struck the right note

    • MendedFences27

      Sherman said, "War is Hell," he was right. It is the culmination of all of mankind's sins, greed lust, hatred, etc.
      Your "critique" is spot on. Why is it the playground for the rich and powerful?

      • Doggerel Dave

        Thanks for exhuming that one. Was a departure from my usual nonsense. Important.
        As for your final question: What is an appropriate answer?
        - A short sharp statement? Already got that. not really a 'critique' at all - just an assertion. But anything to get the punters in!
        = A book? Could take volumes when the situation and answer are clear to anyone with a half open mind. 'Trouble is.... Answer is embodied in your question...'rich and powerful'.
        Go on - you know all this anyway, don't you?

        Regards Dave

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