'To end all wars' is what they said,
The price in blood that millions shed,
With bombs and bullets, gas and wire,
By guns that scorched the earth with fire
A hundred years of war we've had,
In Kabul and Derry, Malaya, Baghdad,
For king and country, in tears and sweat,
For an empire on which the sun had set
A hundred corners of a hundred fields,
Scars that time will never heal,
Children orphaned, women maimed,
By bombs we've dropped in freedom's name.
by © Max Field (12)
Dartford Grammar School For Boys, Kent
Competition - War Of Words
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