And They Said It Was Easy

Yesterday I posted, Artistic Freedom. Since posting it, I have done some soul searching. Throughout history, blood has bathed the battlefields of the earth, people have died at the hands of people; people have crossed oceans with weapons in hand. On June 4th, 1940, Sir Winston Churchill penned these words: We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.


War is a dirty game. It leaves children without mothers and fathers, mothers and fathers without children. It leaves sisters without brothers, brothers without sisters. Here is a poem I wrote many years ago. I hope it will prove my point.

And they said it was easy

They said it was easy,
just have to aim a gun,
said it’s all for your country,
you can go to war
no matter what you’ve done.
Make your family proud,
hold your head up high,
be a national hero,
they never told him
he was there to die.
So he went off to war,
just seventeen years old,
and he died where he fell,
pushed out in the cold.
And they said it was easy,
just have to aim a gun,
said it’s all for your country,
you can go to war
no matter what you’ve done.
Never told the reasons why
as bodies lay upon the battlefield
to painfully die,
I swear and hear the angels sigh.
No reasons ever given
and I guess they never will,
become cold and emotionless,
living just to kill.

Before I go, I would just like to leave you with these words. They were also penned by Sir Winston Churchill. It doesn’t matter who wrote them though. What matters is that they were written.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Bye for now …  Gavin Hill

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