Old age hangs easy, said the man.
He was in the trenches gassed; and harried
by good souls who knew a good story;
They cheered him for his valor.
‘My valor? I lived through your war
And live as living dead for all you care.
Time just ticked on. The rest was easy,’
said he with a smile.
Time rings a bell but not the hell
Of living thus in your midst.
Next time you make a bloody war,
Let time ring for another.
Background info: Henry John “Harry” Patch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009)—known as “the Last Tommy”