I have never waved a Union Jack

I am not that way inclined

I have never worn the poppy

In November time

I have an Irish flag at home

Inherited somehow

A quiet family token

Not some raging vow


I have a Bolton Wanderers scarf

Have worn it to keep me warm

Pride in the local football team

It doesn’t do any harm

But lots of flags and bunting

Can seem over the top

An over bold loud statement

Might have to call a cop


The poppy for remembrance

Is fine no argument

But other folk can use it

To bolster war’s intent

My father lived the quiet life

And he a soldier too

He’d rather sit and have a pint

Than an argument with you


Brian Fahy

1 June 2022

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