Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Watercolour by Tony Taylor http://www.paintingbreaksguernsey.com

Thursday, 25 December 2014

MATCH OF THE DAY


















CHRISTMAS DAY 1914

Out of the trenches stepped one man,
a truce flag held above his head,
then from the other side was waved
a cloth and word was quickly spread.

From blackened ground, like seeds, they grew
to cover those disputed lands:
a khaki crop mingled with grey,
cautious at first, then shaking hands.

Gifts were exchanged, tobacco, smiles.
Creased photographs were shyly shown.
Then, from a trench that frosty day,
a leather soccer ball was thrown.

The goalposts were four bayonets.
A match was played in friendly style
by muddy boys, for boys they were.
War was forgotten for a while.  



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2 comments:

  1. Richard, I loved this. Thanks for sharing it, particularly as the event it portrays took place 100 years ago today. A very special moment demonstrating that even in the face of adversity it is possible to share and enjoy a moment of peace.

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    1. Thank you John. As always, I much appreciate your comment.

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