Just a Boy

by | Aug 5, 2023 | Poetry | 1 comment

Just a Boy

The prisoner was marched out at dawn
Looking lonely and forlorn
Hands tied, blindfolded and afraid
Sick, tired and betrayed
Just a boy who got shell shock
Sentenced to be shot

His mother cried when the telegram came
Executed as a coward: he was to blame
No memorial will bear his name
Forgotten, obliterated his family ashamed

Did the friends who shot him down
End up being drowned
In Ypres heavy ground?

1 Comment

  1. Jan Hedger

    And sadly many mothers did – so many were under age to.


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