The Veterans

The Veterans

A Poem by Gerald Parker

On the bus journeys home
after school, the workers
from Lever Brothers
smelt of Surf and Persil
and rancid Stork magarine.

Demobbed ten years earlier,
they still had the war on them
and sat with it tucked tight
under their greasy macks.

They made the top deck
their snug, closed it off
with Woodbine smoke and
the camaraderie of silence.

They had no time for
grammar school boys
who'd got off lightly,
who were going places
on university grants.


© 2020 Gerald Parker

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Marvellous I loved this ThAnkyou

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Gerald Parker

1 Year Ago

That was quick! I've only just posted it.
Thanks for loving it.
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

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Yes I know but it’s could relate
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Gerald Parker
Gerald Parker

London, United Kingdom

There's not much to tell. I read a lot of poetry and I read my own poetry regularly. I hope other people read it and derive as much pleasure out of it as I do. My output is small, about 110 poems as I.. more..