A boy'S war



A BOY’S WAR.

In dreams, my thoughts will often fly
To Chepstow nestling on the Wye
The town which saw my early years
Of youthful  joy and childish tears.

Daily walks to Larkfield School
And week-end jaunts to Beachley Pool
The memories of a growing boy
Are endless days of utter joy.

We boxed and wrestled, pushed and shoved
With friends who were so dearly loved
Dartboard hung on kitchen door
All this in a time of war.

Food was rationed, sweeties too
Everybody had to queue
To get their weekly allocation
And thus it was across the nation.

But the folks in Chepstow town
Never let it get them down
They’d relax, I do recall
With dancing at the Public Hall.

Young farmers would arrive by pony
To glide to music from Bertoni
Some memories still make me blush
Those quick caresses in the crush.

And later on, when darkness fell
Frantic kisses in the Dell
Frequently my mind recalls
Canoodling near the castle walls.

Stolen moments of delight
What a way to say goodnight
All this, while Britain fought the Huns
Oh, weren’t we the lucky ones.

Alan Parry-Booth               7.4.14
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Submitted on November 29, 2015

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Scheme A BBCX DDEE FFAA GGHH IIJJ KKLL MMNN OOCX X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,050
Words 194
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Alan Parry-Booth

Born in the valleys of Wales in 1931..His first poem was published when he was only seven years old..Bard to WELSH GUARDS RE-UNITED.and a regular contributor to several other organizations..Alan has written many hundreds of poems during his long life. J.H. 2015 more…

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