Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Nurse


Nurse

Unaccustomed as I am to hospitals, I’m sure I can help the effort.
Unaccustomed as I am to workers, I know that I won’t be caught short.
I mean how hard can it be?
Unaccustomed as I am to hardship, I can put up with a roughing it a tad
Unaccustomed as I am to foreign lands, of course it’s not a fad.
I mean what is there to see?

One has to support the war effort
So I’ll serve King and Country as a VAD
As a field nurse helping young men,
Walking wounded, shelled shocked and sad.
I’ve had three months training and I’m ready for the trench
Though I haven’t seen a dead body as it rots within sickening stench.
But they tell me I am ready and I’m cut out for battle nursing
And I volunteered, so there’s no reversing.
I mean - how hard can it be?


By Linda Prince

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Goodbye to all that


Goodbye to all that

War of the World, ravaged belligerents in conflict
Eyeing up territory, offensives transfer power as boundaries change.
And weakened states humiliation inflict
And imperial empires fall as borders re-arrange.
The map of Europe redrawn, territories lost or won
What did we achieve, after all is said and done?


By Linda Prince

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Rain


Rain

Awaking from cashmere cocooned slumber
Heartbeat rising, senses sleepy, shapes in a darkened room appear.
The distant sounds of pitter-patter splashback on the window
Signals to befuddled brain, smashing water so severe.
Liquid water, cold and fresh, precipitation falls to earth
Gravity sucking water droplets to its heart.
And nestling tender beneath duckdown Tog
I listen to kinetics beyond the glass barrier
That heralds the days’ saturated prologue.
Splish splash. Striking at the blinds the watery portents tap
Splish splash. Squirreled deep under cotton clouds of white
I shround myself  and determine to prolong my snuggled nap.
Let the rain fall heavy and launder fresh the streets with glistening glow
I love to hear the sound, I love to hear its power, the other side of the window.


By Linda Prince