C – Colin
Colin Ward is a fellow writer who is my special guest today and tomorrow.
Here’s his first poem, They Were Told.
They Were Told comes from his debut poetry collection Ripples which can be found here.
They Were Told
by Colin Ward
They were told they’d troop with honour
to defend our nation’s grace;
how fortitude would be enough
to save the human race.
They were trained to fight with courage
being free would fuel their fire,
justify the loss of souls
with peace upon the pyre.
They were led to death with orders,
belief in righteous cries
to qualify the stolen truths
which bleed through tearful eyes.
After releasing my debut novel in August of last year and achieved fantastic reviews so far, I now have the paperback version on Amazon to make it easier for everyone to get a copy.
I have also released my debut poetry collection, Ripples, in Kindle and paperback.
I’ve been writing for about twenty years or so now. For many years I wrote plays and musicals, especially as part of being a Drama teacher in my previous life. Now I have gone full power into the world of writing and have released my debut novel – “To Die For”. The Crime Fiction genre was the natural place for me to go, with my interest in crime (fictional only…nothing to see hear, officer…) and especially because in 2013-2014 I discovered my favourite Authors.
Simon Kernick’s “Deadline” was my first venture into the genre, and I was hooked. It then followed with Mark Billingham, Michael Robotham, Lisa Ballantyne, Adam Creed, and so on. There are unashamed influences of all of these in my debut, and I am happy with that.
Indie writing is my passion, and my new label “In As Many Words” is all about building up that kind of supportive community. One where we should not all have to wait for someone else to tell us our story is worth telling.
Where you can find Colin:
Lovely poem and very true words about not waiting for others to tell us what to do and when.
Thanks for your kind words. It is one of my favourites (am I allowed to say that? Is that like naming a favourite child?). I’m currently working on a second collection of poems that will all be about war, commemorating the 100 year anniversary.
It is lovely, isn’t it, Anita and Colin has lots more lovely poems in his anthology, Ripples.
Very sad poem. Both the form and the rhyme scheme work well to convey meaning. One to make us think. Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks Maureen. It is a sad poem indeed, though interestingly I wrote it originally in a fleeting moment of anger & sadness one day. I think I’d read something about a homeless ex-soldier who said he’d rather he had his friend back than a roof over his head. Very sad.