David J. Delaney
NEW GENERATION VETERANS
We honour our old veterans, we honour them with pride
and read of all the horrors they have carried deep inside.
We know they served in Asia or New Guinea’s highland rains,
Vietnam or in Africa where many men were slain.
We know that fateful landing on Gallipoli’s dark shore,
wherever Aussies fought, we know there are so many more,
but now a new young generation needs our help as well;
they too have been to war and suffer with their private hell.
Though losses are not classed as great, their fears are just the same
those electronic hidden bombs, still injure, kill or maim.
They fight against an enemy they find so hard to see
who mingle in the market place, then cause much tragedy.
Insurgents in Afghanistan hide in the rough terrain
or roaming in Iraq, where, wearing robes they look the same.
The suicide stealth bombers, don’t care who they hurt or kill,
then, with their own beliefs, they try to break our Force’s will.
Our fighting Aussie spirit shows on any foreign land:
they’re in the skies, they’re on the sea, or on the desert sand.
Now many are returning with the horrors they still see
and living with their nightmares, suffering bureaucracy.
I know on ANZAC day, we all remember with a tear,
but all vets young or old, they need our help throughout the year,
support and listen to their stories, when they do get told,
let’s honour our new veterans, just like we do our old.
©Copyright February 10, 2010 by David J. Delaney
Author’s Note: A huge thank you goes to a young lady named Talitha Kalago, for without the discussion with her about this issue, my poem would probably not have been written. This poem has been published in over 35 RSL magazines and newsletters, and read at numerous Anzac Day commemorations.
David J. Delaney
April 10, 2010