Monday, 8 October 2012


Not poppies
but roses
for one's beloved
marching off to Extinction
when the broad shoulders shadow their land
and the thin men follow
as thin men do
a sun
beating down
like a stick
a drum
the pipes
their whistles
as thin men
their features
as the features of wasps
thin trees
where ash falls
on the rose
struggling under the scribblings of misguided missiles
backflipping in blue
the old warflower's beat.


I don't want to unfairly criticize the splendid work done under the label of the poppy flower by such worthies as those currently to be found in the British Legion, but more importantly I don't want to overlook the fact the Earl Haig the founder of the British Legion was the same man who sent millions of men including many from remote villages in North Wales to certain death in the so-called first World War; a war between several inbred royal cousins of the same European ruling clan or dynasty which had very little to do, if it anything at all to do, with the world at large and even less to do with the peaceful and the ancient Celtic peoples of Wales.

It amazes me how warring nations almost always manage to embroil the rest of the us in their local squabbles.

We do well to look closely at the world's leaders and their motives.


  1. Well said Gwilym. Absolutely agree. The idea of the first world war seems so dreadful now that we tend to think it couldn't happen like that again - then we see Aleppo on the news and realise all too well that it could and probably will happen again.
    I like the poem - the sentiments, the layout and particularly the reference to wasps.
    Please read my post today, there is a message especially for you!

  2. Alexander Haig and others of his ilk (my goodness do we really need another Haig? The Haig of WWI "send em over the top" fame was quite enough thank you!) the US Sec of State reckoned the State of Israel was an almighty American aircraft carrier. So obviously with that mentality leading the world we are all doomed.

    Best bet is to enjoy it while we can.

    By the way, I used to think Haig was a perfectly normal whisky!


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