The Piper of Loos #1

The following, plus the next post, are to accompany my guest blog post at 26Treasures, itself written to accompany a piece soon to be displayed alongside Daniel Laidlaw‘s medals in the National Museum of Scotland.
That final piece was also the first to occur to me, but was only written after trying out a couple of other ideas involving music and warfare. This was one of them…

Duty in our hearts, laddies
Dance to my tune laddies,
Skip a turn across craters of poison,
Hop the barbs set to decline,
Swing bayonets; slice and asunder,
Twirl the foe into the slime.
And all the time you’ll keep the line, laddies,
Hold it fast, hold it fine.
There’s duty in our hearts, laddies,
King and Country,
‘til the end of time.
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About JFDerry

Writer. Darwin, science & more. 4 books: Piospheres, Darwin in Scotland, Serial Killers. Current project is THE DISSENT OF MAN. Born near London, raised near Primrose Hill and in Lincolnshire, and studied at the Universities of Bangor, York and Edinburgh for degrees in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biological Computation, and a PhD in African Ecology. Mainly working in British and African universities, but also in Spain, Brussels, Mongolia and Australia, to date, publication history is mostly in academic journals, on aspects of computational biology, pastoralism and on Charles Darwin and evolution. However, also written for several national newspapers, various governments, several major record labels and independent book publishers. Fiction has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and poetry is at the Human Genre Project. Lives in Edinburgh, with partner and their two daughters.
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4 Responses to The Piper of Loos #1

  1. Your guest blog is a great piece of writing and the poem only adds to it. Thanks.

  2. JFDerry says:

    cheers Mart – awaiting your recent travels blog

  3. donald says:

    Your poem is good but the reality is these men lived through hell i wonder if they saw it that way

  4. JFDerry says:

    well, thanks for your comment. i could never hope to capture the horror of WWI. I try to explain my reasons in another post

    http://jfderry.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/the-piper-of-loos-3/#comment-1200

    that accompanies the final piece

    http://jfderry.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/26treasures-trove/

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