Speech Balloons  

In the War Museum photo a soldier lies
to attention under a sheet, officer at foot
of bed, underarm baton, bonneted lady
frowning down, grim Sister behind

“Playing with yourself?” asks madam.
Sister,” Taking iron jelloids, are we?”
Officer, “Rectum?”
Soldier,” Didn’t do ‘em much good, sir.”
“Have a good war then, must go,
carry on dying.”
Lady Matronise will never do good
Sister will stand there forever
baton will one day fall
soldier will never lie at ease.

Ken Champion

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