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The old Digger. riginal.

by riginal (writer), moe australia, February 04, 2013

The friendship between an old soldier and a young boy.

THE OLD DIGGER. riginal.

It was winter. The old man shifted painfully on the word-stained bench by the schoolyard. His one good eye lit up momentarily as the strident schoolbell rang and the students streamed homewards. A young boy broke away from his schoolfriends and ran towards the old man. "Hi pop!" "Hi! sonny." It was a familiar greeting. They both sighed.

The boy laughed, steaming nostrils and ruddy face turned upwards. He clapped his tiny hands together pressing them to his old friend's cheeks. Both recoiled in a mock shudder.

"Y'no son, I was young once." More laughter at this absurd statement. "Guess that did sound pretty silly son y'see I never did go to school much...never did much of anythin' but I was a damn good poet!" "Aw come on pop let's hear a poem." "Naah...you wouldn't want to listen." "Sure I would pop, sure I would!" The old digger sensed the urgency in the boy's voice. He coughed slightly and began.

"Many years ago I was just a lad. A war broke out a world gone mad. Fight we did young as we were, with bayonets fixed we never erred. We did our best with what we had. When the time came to leave we were mighty glad. With shell-shocked limbs our hearts uplifted...we trudged on home for we were gifted. Others lay in mud askew no rhyme nor reason for them to die. Only us left to pray and cry. Yees sonny...only us left to pray and cry."

Many years later. A young soldier stood before the simple headstone of the old digger. His bottom lip trembled as he knelt down and read the childish scrawl at the base of the headstone. 'Only us left to pray and cry'. As always the young soldier whispered..."I miss you pop...I MISS you pop!"

LEST WE FORGET.



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4 comments on The old Digger. riginal.

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By TonyBerkman on February 04, 2013 at 11:48 pm

really enjoyed this story .... surprised it is yours ;) it isn't funny at all!

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By riginal on February 05, 2013 at 02:50 am

Tony thanks. You have ripped back the facade. I'm just a lonely miserable piece of flotsam jettisoned by the cruel sea of circumstance. Ripped ass under by the knives of a hellish life spent wandering the desert of rejection and disdain. Tortured, used, abused.Deafened by the shrill tone of 'conformity'. Whipped and moulded to the shape of wanton sameness. Namely my missus. Wanton this wantin' that. Yes Tony...I have succumbed to the sour reins of seriousness and responsibility. The steed of laughter's hooves are but a distance mammary...even that's getting out of reach! You see I was forced at photo point last night to confront a 'wonderful event' I thought I had put far behind me. Wedding photos and a video of my wedding day.What happened to that beautiful couple?...what cruel twist of fate threw us together? Why didn't cupid mind his own bloody business...Why on earth did I fall asleep before the video ended! I WAS looking through my eyelids dear...HONEST!...One day i'll smile again...! Just for ONE day. Got to go, the wedding video is on again...!

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By Lartinos on February 05, 2013 at 05:27 pm

I enjoyed it too, nothing wrong with being serious. I am different things at different times when talking to different people.

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By riginal on February 05, 2013 at 09:30 pm

Latinos if more of us listened to you we would have more than weight off our minds...weight loss...which in turn makes things more light hearted. Cheers...

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