Dedicated to fellow travellers, who have been damaged, yet show such dignity in suffering – you have my deepest respect.

Ravages of brutal battles fought

now manifest on visage pale.

Furrowed brow as plowed field,

Sunken cheeks like craters

left by Exocet missile


Wounds deeply etched

in turbulent memory,

lacerations in fragile mind,

as blood-red ribbons blown

by unrelenting breeze


Self-image shattered into

a million fragments, by

heartless words and deeds,

as a mirror trampled

beneath jack-boots


Jagged shards which

endlessly pierce through

levels of consciousness

dispensing their pain

at a moments notice


Marks now bravely worn

with supreme dignity.

In magnificent resilience

pressing ever onward

towards a brighter day