Front Line Love

100 years ago today, Britain declared war on Germany. It became a four year conflict that changed the world forever and its impact is still felt politically, geographically and socially around the world.

Many of those who fought, on both sides, were just boys.

Front Line Love

Politicians create fear.

They send boys on missions
made for men.

They don’t give enough training.
There is never enough training.

by one they fall.

Show them how to shake a hand
before they fire a bullet.

Show them how to line up,
how to love again.


This poem has been taken from my collection, The Northern Line, due out in 2015.



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