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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 21:38:06

    Thank you for this post.

    Reply

  2. Eric Alagan
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 23:44:35

    Love the ballard. You touched on a contemporary scourge. Old people make war and young people die. We never learn, do we? So sad, that last image.

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    • willowdot21
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 06:06:17

      I did not plan to write about the war but the first two lines started buzzing around in my head demanding to be used. Yes it is the old people who send the young people off to war. We as humans seem incapable of learning too much money involved, no doubt. The sad images of dead soldiers being repatriated will not stop any time soon sadly I doubt that we will learn any time soon…..

      Reply

  3. penpusherpen
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:26:33

    A fitting and wonderful tribute to the ‘boys’ Willow.. ,For tho’ they start out as youngsters they age through the harshness of the war experience… xPenx

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  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 22:26:56

    Excellent, Willow.
    You really are rocking this whole month out. Just fantastic.

    You put us right there, & not feeling safe when you hear that blast. They are heroes, yes.

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    • willowdot21
      Apr 27, 2013 @ 11:15:29

      Yes they are heroes, they go out young and they come back dead or wounded, even if are they are not physically wounded they are mentally. How are you coping you are always supporting me I hope you and Daniel are good. xxxxx

      Reply

  5. kelihasablog
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 11:41:47

    Very well done… I love this! 😀

    Reply

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