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Army October 24, 2013
Finding the right words
Cpl Mark Doran
AN AFGHANISTAN deployment has
stirred a soldier to write passionate
poetry about the painful realities of
war.LCpl Brendan Vardy, on the eighth
rotation of FSU, began writing poetry
when he was young.
He wrote his first poem in grade five.
It is the significant moments in his
life which seem to spark his creative
LCpl Vardy's favourite poems from
his deployment include 'Words of a
Soldier' and 'Civilian Soldier' because
of his personal connection to them.
"I was inspired to write 'Words of a
Soldier' when I first walked into the base
at Tarin Kot in early June and saw the
memorial wall inscribed with my mate's
name, LCpl Andrew Jones, who was
killed in May 2011," LCpl Vardy said.
"A few lines in the poem reflect upon
Andrew in some way, but also on all the
troops we have lost in the past 12 years.
"The poem also reveals the Afghan
security forces' side of the conflict and
their enduring battle to secure a brighter
future for their country."
LCpl Vardy said 'Civilian Soldier'
was written about the DMO personnel
who work with FSUs in Uruzgan.
"The DMO staff have become good
friends with the Defence personnel on
the base and I have even mentioned
some of them by name.
"They volunteer to work with us in
Afghanistan and I thought the poem
would be a fitting tribute to them."
LCpl Vardy plans to continue writing
poetry, wherever the future takes him.
"I find my mind explodes into
thoughts when I decide to write a poem,
A soldier has been inspired to put pen to paper in Afghanistan for the memory of mates serving and lost
so I don't have to think about the words,
they just flow," he said.
"My friends enjoy my poetry and my
wife Kelly loves my romantic work.
"I have been encouraged to write
more and by listening to the experiences
of the many people I have met in Tarin
Kot there is a lot more to write about."
WORDS OF A SOLDIER
Through the dust we tread in the
footprints of the past, we are not the
first and we won't be the last.
We walk the roads like so many
before, attempting to find peace when
surrounded by war.
We work and we fight to help
continue their legacy, bringing a
modern age to the pages of history.
The future of this land continues on
uncertain, the struggle between religion
and tradition still veiled in a curtain.
Of past and future that collide
each year, as the people progress but
maintain their culture held dear.
The views of the West will not
change the East, but what we strive for
is a better life driven by peace.
To hopefully bring a resolve to
the conflict and fighting, that persists
through the days and fills the night with
Rounds and rockets still litter the
air of the night, as the drama continues
and we carry on the fight.
With their family and friends
threatened with a gun, we forge a legacy
of democracy under a foreign sun.
Soon we will be gone, commended
to the archives, and this land will
endure as it has done through time.
We only hope our efforts will have
started a change, for the better for the
people of every age.
As we raise our flag for the very
last time, we salute the land where so
many have died.
Upon this land ravaged by strife and
war, we have seen and lost on history's
wall.Icons to the fallen inscribed in
stone, they hold the memories of those
who now lay at home.
Soon we will be with you our
brothers and sisters in war, to share a
drink from where you will fight no more.
In memory of your service to the
land you love, and for the future of the
country where you gave your last.
When we return to the soil of our
green and gold land, when the boots
no longer walk on the dust and the
Our shouts and guns will fall silent
again, but as always the memories will
BLOOD IN THE SAND
Blood in the sand it runs in the dust, it
settles from the fighting the colour of
rust.It fades into the ground like water to
sand, covering the tracks of the tragedy
The blood on the dunes is seen by
the few, by the ones that shed it and
the ones that knew.
The bold and the brave that see the
flash of a gun that feel the burn of the
shells but don't think to run.
These shadows against the sun
stand strong and don't fade, in the fires
of battle on the anvil of war they are
As they cry with the rage of a battle
commenced, they draw knives and guns
to their own defence.
To end the lives of an enemy now
real, they must use all their courage
and a resolve of steel.
The fighters clash in a barren valley
below, the shadow of a mountain soon
covered in snow.
A blur of green, brown, white
and red, battle is an ugly affair but a
War is a horrific and brutal scene,
for those that see the truth the dirt may
never come clean.
As we think of the soldiers that fight
with guns in their hands, may we pray
we never see our blood in the sand.
War of words:
for his next
work of poetry
Cpl Mark Doran
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