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  • Away in a manger, no crib, or a bed.
    War veterans out on the streets instead.
    Stars in the bright sky look down where they lay.
    Christmas for many ex-soldiers today.

    Camp Bastion back to Banbury camp
    And all other British towns cold and damp.
    In combat conditions on civvy street,
    Bivouac made from a polythene sheet

    Strong sense of duty and national pride.
    Westminster's shadowmen cast them aside.
    To us they're heroes, respected, admired
    But officially they have all expired

    In their eyes these folk have outlived their use
    The rest of us though see that as abuse
    With little or no chance to earn their keep,
    They're posthumously thrown upon the heap.

    There's many with battle scars, injuries,
    Amputations and disabilities.
    The wartime ravages no one can see,
    The inner demons of P.T.S.D.

    But we know they are honourable men
    And women who showed their commitment when
    They enlisted, put their lives on the line,
    Knowing full well a bullet, bomb or mine,

    Be it from I.E.D. or sniper's aim
    Could from out of the blue, very well claim
    Control upon their fate and destiny.
    That's cause for deep respect, if you ask me.

    Unfaltering their loyalty has been,
    Steadfastly serving our country and Queen.
    They volunteered themselves to protect us
    And carried out their duties without fuss.

    The government's approach I don't applaud,
    With aftercare, support that's sadly flawed.
    Their attitude, it seems is to neglect,
    As it is far too costly to respect.

    At home with your loved ones, this silent night,
    Quietly reflect, consider their plight.
    As you deck your halls with boughs of holly
    Ask yourselves their reasons to be jolly.

    © 14/12/14 MICHAEL DENNIS 'The Black Cab Poet' As featured on and the inspiration for The Janice Long Spoken Word Sessions B.B.C. Radio 2, 18/04/12. Over 40 poems read out on Steve Allen's Early Morning Breakfast Show L.B.C. 97.3FM. Featured on the BBC London News on BBC1 22/02/13, on the Jeni Barnett Show B.B.C. Radio London 94.9FM 29/5/11, in an article in The Metro 06/05/08, in Will Self's article in The Standard 20/05/08. The Chav Bird Song as played by David Rodigan on Kiss 100 FM, Complete and Utter Banker Song tweet@theblackcabpoet
    THE BLACK CAB POET A Collection of Poems available at Amazon on Kindle
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