A Night In January 1991
You found an abandoned notepad,
and inside, a poem penned by
you titled ‘The New Crusade’.
It is dated 17th January 1991,
the night ‘Gulf War One’
exploded live via CNN.
Memories of the evening return:
the glee of your father’s fantasy
of the restoration of conscription;
his vision of you marching Arabian
lands bedecked in Desert DPM
and rifle. Your mother, heckling,
revealing his TB-fakery to dodge
the Korean call-up in a conspiracy
of flu, gin, and a bung to a ‘bent’ GP.
Your brother, allowed to stay up
late to enjoy the show, jerking
his Game Boy as if conducting
the bombing on screen, while BBC
news anchors praised the accuracy
of B-52s blasting their targets.
Michael Wyndham © 2022