I DO WHAT I CAN
I do what I can; I'm a military man
And I fear that no-one else knows how
To unlock the stalemate, make the breakthrough,
And that's what our bleeding nation needs now
I must send men to die, wave after wave
So slowly they walk, obedient and brave.
Some will return, some God will save
And the rest they will find
A white headstone'd grave
I'll bear the burden to the grave - and beyond
So what will men say of me when I'm gone?
The day will come when my soul will be weighed
My answer to God - and I have only one ;
I did what was asked - I plied my trade
What more could I do, when all's said and done?
General Haig knew the suffering of his men.
He refused to be painted by an artist in 1917 insisting that he paint the men "who are fighting and dying in the mud".
© nigel hallworth 2014