From an experience that my father shared with me .


Dad , left Australia , the war were over ,

Dad were one happy , Joly jack tar ,

The war were over , he'd survived ,

He bordered the ship , H M S Challenger ,

Set off fore home , ailing back to dear old blighty ,

In mid ocean , a mine were spotted ,

Bobbing up and down , in the swell of the sea ,

Matlows and marines , were summoned arft ,

Issued rifles , ordered too shoot at the bobbing mine ,

After abut an half an hour , it blew ,

Then the ships crew harvesting the fish ,
'' Fish and chips tonight lads!'' , was the cry,
From all the crew on board ,

Dad , arrived home to his home port of Chatham ,

Where he was given home leave , a travail warrant , to
Tyidesley , Lancashire , his home town ,

Where his family waited , to welcome there son home from the war ,

He were greeted , hugs and cuddles from his mom ,

His dad welcome him home , his son gave him backer for his pipe ,

Gifts , knick - knacks to his mom , that her son has brought back from over seas,

Tiredness took over dad , he fell asleep on the sofa ,

The fears he'd had through out the war came in to his dreams ,

The mine , he'd in-counted , came to him , as he slept ,

He cried out as he slept , '' DON'T THE FOOKERS KNOW IT'S OVER ?'',

he swore out loud ,


His mom , was most shocked , her David , swearing like that ,

His da , a savvier of the bloody battlers of ww1 , understood ,

For the first time since his son came in to the world ,

''Nay , lass leave him be'' ,

Held his son in his arms , he understood all so well

Ken D Williams

The Dyslexic Poet

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Written on 2011-05-30 at 10:09

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well said, Ken.

A very poignant story Ken . . . and today being Memorial Day here in the USA, very timely. Today is a day to remember our fathers, what they did for us and our countries.