Modern Afghan take on Rudyard Kipling

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  1. couldn't find if this had been posted yet, but its doing the rounds on email at the moment.
    think the author has used a little bit of poetic licence...


    Modern take on Rudyard Kipling

    When you're lying alone in your Afghan bivvy,
    And your life it depends on some MoD civvies
    When the body Armour's shared (one set between three),
    And the firefight's not like it is on TV.

    Then you'll look to your oppo, your gun and your God,
    As you follow that path all Tommies have trod.
    When the gimpy has jammed and you're down to one round,
    And the faith that you'd lost is suddenly found.

    When the Taliban horde is close up to the fort,
    And you pray that the artillery don't drop a round short.
    Stick to your sergeant like a good squaddie should,
    And fight them like Satan or one of his brood

    Your pay it won't cover your needs or your wants,
    So just stand there and take all the Taliban's taunts
    Not generals nor civvies can do aught to amend it,
    Except make sure you're kept in a place you can't spend it.
    Three fifty an hour in your Afghani cage,
    Not nearly as much as the minimum wage.

    Your missus at home in a foul married quarter
    With damp on the walls and a roof leaking water
    Your kids miss their mate, their hero, their dad;
    They're missing the childhood that they should have had
    One day it will be different, one day by and by,
    As you all stand there and watch, to see the pigs fly
    Just like your forebears in mud, dust and ditch
    You'll march and you'll fight, and you'll drink and you'll bitch


    Whether Froggy or Zulu, or Jerry, or Boer
    The Brits will fight on `til the battle is o'er.
    You may treat him like dirt, but nowt will unnerve him
    But I wonder sometimes, if the country deserves him.._,
     
  2. The Chosen Man Blog...

    The Poem by Peej can be found there:

    The Chosen Man