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20th Nov 18

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poetry favourites:
Oversteps Books

 

and in the shop…
collections –
“Parachute Silk”
and
“Planting the Snow Queen”,
Oversteps Books;
 
pamphlet collection –
“Water Chits”,
Indigo Dreams;
 

 

 

 

Water Chits

     Gallipoli 1915
 
I joined the band to play the flute
to chivvy the men to war –
but mostly I was lackey to the medic,
sent out with the water chits;
scraps of paper with the words,
please let the bearer have some drinking water;
sent out to the lighter
to fetch the water shipped from Egypt.
Even in dreams I can hear
the medic’s call –
water, water – we need more water –
as if by magic, I could conjure up
eight kettles of water to wash
the wounded, to cook the meal,
to clean the mess tins,
to give ten dying men a drink.
In all this dust and heat, no one
said we would have to beg for water.
 

Denise Bennett

in collection, Water Chits, 2017, Indigo Dreams Publishing,
ISBN 978-1-9108343-5-0