Emotion recollected, not exactly in tranquillity, from yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald:
Sonnet 10: Front page news
We’ll stay the course, the PM said
and Doctor No for once agreed.
For boys who went there and are dead
our staying somehow fills the need
to make their dying meaningful,
their killing too. This seeming bull –
‘That didn’t work, so let’s do more’ –
persuades those who promote this war.
Commander of the Afghan troops
our troops are training (some of whom
went rogue, sent Aussies to the tomb)
has put that logic through some hoops:
‘Three years is too long. Leave your gear.
Thanks for the help. Get out of here.’