LINES WRITTEN IN PLUGHOLE STREET, BELGIUM
"Here as I lie in the trenches,
I gaze at the bright shining moon,
And I ask myself the old question,
I wonder will God end it soon?
Or why doesn't he cry out 'Cease firing!'
Aloud from His high throne above,
And get out out of this damn spot, and back to the friends that we love....
These were lines written by an Irish soldier from Newmarket, County Cork, who fought with the Australian army on the Western Front in World War I. I met his grandaughter, Alannah O'Mahony, when she was a Rose of Tralee contestant in the early 1990s. She gave me copies of some of his poems which I put away safely and now cannot find. I cannot remember his name, or where I put the photocopies, but I can remember those first lines, and the last line:
'If this is the way that He does things, a sure funny bloke He must be".
I have always thought this poem to be profound. Why I can remember the first verse and the last line, I'm not sure, but they come back to me in times of tribulation.
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