NaPoWriMo, Day 25, Ballard Of Helmand

NaPoWriMo. Day 25. Today’s prompt is to write a Ballard. I have written one about war because that is what a lot of Ballard’s are about

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THE BALLARD OF HELMAND

They all flew into Helmand  with sunshine in their eyes

Ready for the heat and smells but they did not expect the flies.

Their new kits at the ready, their rifles virgin new

A newly striped Sergeant  ready to tell them what to do.

 

Oh! keep your heads down boys look for those I.E.D.s

Remember what we said, keep your eyes peeled please

 

They were settled into barracks and found out were to eat

Bottled water came in handy and mum’s sun lotion worked a treat.

They were all excited when ready for their first patrol

All of them on  on edge not sure what would unfold

 

Oh! keep your heads down boys look for those I.E.D.s

Remember what we said, keep your eyes peeled please

 

They all set off together with everything intact

But almost at once,they heard the bang and felt the impact.

They realized they were not safe, no one out here was their friend

Out on their first patrol, two dead, and in the handlers arms, his loyal dog’s life ends.

 

Oh! keep your heads down boys look for those I.E.D.s

Remember what we said, keep your eyes peeled please

 

They all fly into Brize Norton their families watch the skies

Brothers , sisters,mothers, wives and children all with tears in their eyes.

They all left for Helmand shiny bright and new

That’s not how they return though you all know that is true

 

Oh! keep your heads down boys look for those I.E.D.s

Remember what we said, keep your eyes peeled please

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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