Nurses and Tommies – Poem by Ellie Y9.
WW1 POEM - NURSES AND TOMMIES
No political views, no political rights,
From danger in the factory, to a fear filled trench
Credit card, or access to the pill,
From wives and children
Here we are, centre of a battle full of politics,
Love and safety
Views no longer shut away,
Into hell and mayhem
Shut away in a cupboard,
Individuals do not matter so the number of deaths still rise
But out in the open.
Friends disappear into a spray of death
Little education, almost none
To a football field, from fun and laughter
One shot to make a difference
To the stench of death, gas and smoke
To help men, to become equal.
That never leave you.
Families separated, boys, too young
A brother falls next to you,
Sent out to a land
Then a friend
Torn apart by hatred.
The nightmare just carries on
By blood and guilt
There will be no waking up from it.
Power and politics.
No one cares what is really happening
Taken in one hundred, 12 now dead
The only escape is death,
A boy of sixteen, legs blown apart by our own guns.
Or the hospital.
Men covered in splatters and lakes of blood
Cousin gone missing,
Christmas, competition between wards
Thousands buried randomly,
Smiles, so many,
Something i forgot the world knew how to do.
There is no trace of the boy that left
Hundreds of wounded.
Hundreds of wounded
No one wins,
No one wins,
We all just keep on losing.
We all just keep losing.
Ellie Year 9