Poem of the Week: Desire for Normality

Kiwi wanting the war to end

There are various versions of this verse and some have substituted lousy and bloody for “blasted”.

New Zealander Donald H Lea’s view of the common soldier’s desire to get back to normal life was the first, and provided the inspiration for the copyists.

Lea was wanting to leave the great war and its regimentation behind, a sentiment shared by millions of soldiers.

When this blasted war is over,

Oh how happy I shall be!

When I get my civy clothes on,

No more soldiering for me.

No more church parades on Sunday,

No more asking for a pass,

I shall tell the sergeant-major

To stick his passes up his arse!

 Donald H Lea