Reviewing a copy of the newly published posthumous collection Who Travels down this Narrow Road by Henry Pluckrose (1931 - 2011) Matador ISBN 978-1-78088-076-1 for David Pike at Pulsar (see LINKS) I was greatly impressed by the anti-war poem Simply Poppies.
I hope that the late Henry Pluckrose and the folks at Matador will not be too disturbed if I quote briefly here from the poem Simply Poppies which impressed me so much.
. . .
Dreamers from many lands died here
All fought, they thought, to save
A way of life, their Nation's rights.
King, Czar, Kaiser, those who ruled,
Explained at length why young men must die
To satisfy a war machine
. . .