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  The White Nightdress
by Graham whittaker
Monday, November 18, 2002


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this is a true story. In UK soldiers can still be sent to war at 16!


She wore a white nightdress, and bent
With her head on her hands
And whimpered.

The old man, nailed to the wall.
Bullet nailed. The O
Of his mouth still ripe with surprise.

Whimpering, in that stark silence.
A chainsaw sound
Ripping a wound down his back.

“It’s alright” He said, stupid untruths
Ringing bells of grief.
Bodies, all gone, around him.

She was warm, and young, under his hand
On her shoulder
“It’s alright” He said again.

“I am a soldier. This is what I do.”
Rattled around like battle
In his blood-rushed ears.

He pushed, she moved and whimpered
Back against the wooden chair.
“It’s alright” He said again.

“It’s alright” He said again
“It’s alright!” He said again.
“It’s alright!” He shouted.

But the note on her chest said more.
It screamed. It roared!
“Her eyes are in the jar!”

DG 2002



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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 12/30/2003
I'm missing something here, unless you are saying that the girl is a soldier? The Old Man is certainly not 16. This is a very visceral rendition here. Perhaps you could elucidate the matter a bit?
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/22/2003
Going to bed now, wish I'd read this early today. Very graphically moving and gritty.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 10/9/2003
Your poem speaks..cheers...love n luck....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Marco Landi 7/14/2003
echo of war...silently appeared by your voice.brava and you are very beautiful too
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/25/2003
Wonderful treatment of a horrible subject.
Beautifully, beautifully done.
Reviewed by D.J. Ludlow 6/24/2003
Hi Dora,

War IS Hell - why o why do we keep sending them there?

Because we don't listen to the likes of this!

It touches the soul.

Regards

DJ.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/19/2002
nice!
Reviewed by Tim Horton (Reader) 11/19/2002
Wow, the imagery here is astounding. 16 is way too young, but patriotism can often get in the way. Great piece.
Cheers,
Tim
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/19/2002
Sounds came from those words.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/18/2002
This is excellent love your concept.
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