86. Heroes

THE daughter of a hero soldier killed in Afghanistan will read her own competition winning poem at one of the region’s biggest First World War centenary events.

Ginalee Brownson will recite My Country – about life on the frontline – at a special service in Durham Cathedral during a weekend of commemorative events in the city.

My Country by Ginalee Brownson

I don’t want to fight,
I want to go home,
I don’t want to be hurt,
I want to do my country proud,
I don’t want to lose the battle,
I want to conquer the task,
I don’t want to stand up tall,
I don’t want to see others hurt,
I want to be a helping hand.

I hate being wet and muddy,
I hate being tired and aching,
I love defending my country,
And keeping my family safe.

I want to help my fellow soldiers,
I want to be there for them when no-one else is,
I want them to feel supported,
I don’t want to leave them alone,
I don’t want them to feel no good,
I don’t want them to feel disappointed.

We all should be proud.

/ The Northern Echo

Jawad (Taliban poet):

Hot, hot trenches are full of joy;
Attacks on the enemy are full of joy.
Guns in our hands and magazine belts over my shoulders;
Grenades on my chest are full of joy.

/ New York Times 13.5.12

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