AND NOW WE’VE CELEBRATED

AND NOW WE’VE CELEBRATED

And now we’ve celebrated,

The spilling of our blood,

Perhaps as Europeans,

As clever people should,

Will put aside the scoundrels’ guns,

Remember how they lie,

Stop celebrating suicide,

Stop sending youth to die.

Slaves to propaganda,

What miseries we wreak,

When taken in by leaders lies,

Whilst those who cannot speak,

Lie in their little homes of clay,

But they much wiser be,

Than those who live and loved them,

Than those who cannot see.

Michael Walsh War Poetry

For Those Who Cannot Speak by Michael Walsh

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  • Nice but sad poem, Mike and unfortunately, nothing to rejoice about, these last few days… But still, it was good to see Britons taking to the streets, last week!  HugsMichelle

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  • I like your rhymes… Why is it that they make me think of another Poet called Harry Harbaugh “The Breaker” Morant?
    Here’s why: Morant was an Australian officer serving under British command in the last “Boer War” and tried by a British army court in Transvaal for allegedly having committed “war crimes” on the Boers (and a German missionary — most likely informing the Boers). To some extent, he had… His defense was to ask for the then higher commanding officer in South Africa to come as a witness and confirm his order to “shoot the Boers”… Lord K was then “busy travelling in India” and didn’t show up at the trial. Morant and a lieutenant under his command were sentenced to death and duly shot. Another lieutenant serving under him escaped the death penalty but was heavily sentenced. Kitchener was promoted to the highest rank and function in the British army. In 1987 or 1988 (can’t remember for sure), a South African newspaper informed the public that Lord Kitchener’s written “shoot the Boers” order had been found. DO NOT EXPECT MUCH FROM JUSTICE ANYWHERE… even under the false nose of ‘democracy’. When in SA I studied Morant’s file (at the SA Army Museum)… it had a few ‘features’ an oddities which were later to be found at the Nuremberg and Dachau trials… in particular a messed-up translation from Swiss-German to English in a testimony which was enough to send anyone to the gallows.
    To lighten things up:
    — a possibly apocryphal cue from “The (horse) Breaker”:
    Morant: “Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.”
    Lieutenant Wittow: — Did you write that, Harry?
    Morant: — No, no. It was a minor poet, called Byron.
    Lieutenant Handcock: — Never heard of him.
    Morant: — I did say he was a minor poet.
    — And an authentic last poem:
    It really ain’t the place nor time/ To reel off rhyming diction,/ But yet we’ll write a final rhyme/ While waiting crucifixion./
    For we bequeath a parting tip/ Of sound advice for such men/ Who come in transport ships/ To polish off the Dutchman./
    If you encounter any Boers, you really must not loot ’em,/ And if you wish to leave these shores, for pity’s sake, don’t shoot ’em./
    Let’s toss a bumper down our throat/ Before we pass to Heaven,/ And toast the trim-set petticoat/ We leave behind in Devon.
    Sorry for being long… couldn’t make it shorter.

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    • Interesting post about Morant. An aside, did you know that the Boers regularly captured then released hundreds of enemy prisoners – because they could not feed and shelter them. Whereas the British and colonies in the Boer war captured and placed into tented concentration camps the Boer women and children knowing they could not shelter and feed them adequately?
      This resulted in more women and children perishing in the Boer war than all the fighting men altogether on both sides! This was after the British scorched earth policy upon those women and children (whose husbands and fathers were away defending their nation).

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      • Indeed. I also remember that one English lieutenant named Winston Churchill, prisoner of the Boers, gave his word not to escape… and escaped. The Boers were very much like most European people — the germans of lesser germany (small gs) of today in particular — extremely naïve inasmuch as they wrongly understood the concept of ‘imperial’ ” ‘fair’ – play “…

        “Tommy” is fair-play prone… only when he knows that he is well on his way to win the match.

        When ‘higher interests’ are at stakes… Fair-play is nothing but a sly way to trick the enemy one step further.

        One just needs to look at the genuine bewilderment of the High Rankers of Greater NS Germany when they realised that they were to appear on court (small c) stripped of their insignias, medals, and dignity, as common-law petty criminals… The second to figur out the whole scam of Nuremberg was Göring, who fought pugnaciously… The first having been the not-so-insane-after-all Rudolf Hess — later to be assassinated under the circumstances which we all know… one might add that from 1941 onwards he had had time to get accustomed to the allied methods.

        Each time I go to Pretoria, I bow over Morant and Hancock’s common grave… they were “Scapegoats to the Empire” after all…

        Many were to follow…

        An interesting turncoat to study would be Ian Smuts… to look at the rest of his career from 1939 (not skipping Bretton Woods) onwards is quite enlightening.

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  • Correction: For “Lieutenant Wittow”, please read “Lieutenant Wilton” (darn automated correction!) and read his book “Scapegoats of the Empire”… I once paid an arm and a leg for a second hand original, but reading it was well worth the sacrifice.

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