Tale #64: Memorial for the executed generals of the siege of Colchester

A town built upon the dead
the starved
and the murdered
and those left to die
in the deprivations
of imprisonment

and in the flames too
and the fire
of earlier devastations

We don’t remember the names
of the innocent beneath our feet

Yet the names of those that
should have died nameless in their guilt

we repeat them
we repeat them

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Notes:

1. Written in March, 2018

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Tale #63: And we went to war

And we went to war
for nothing
and no-one
just because we could
untouched by the consequences

We gave our grandchildren guns
and told them lies
about responsibility
and duty
and honour

And we told the lies so often
we believed them ourselves
I think
even the ones about our love for them
as we pushed their boats out to sea
towards their doom
away
from ours

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Notes:

1. Written on September 6th, 2017

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