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Monday, 11 March 2013

Cardboard Boxes

as kids we used em as tanks all through the summer holidays
to win our wars

we lost a few when it rained, though.

unable to mobilise em in bad weather
as the wet ripped em right through.

troops returned to barracks whenever it rained

© Philip Johnson

Desert Rats Lose Tanks in Cutbacks

previoussly appeared in: Poetry 24, The Ugly Tree; Poetry Scotland, Emergency Verse, Write Away, Caught In The Net, Red Pencil, Writer's Hood, Transparent Words. He works in elder care.


  1. i remember cardboard too
    love the innocent connection with reality


  2. A very effective poem. Clever association of ideas.

  3. I'm afraid this is all too true with our Coalition government In fact, all governments of all colours in the UK have become far too profficient in the art of ripping off the tax payer, I feel, they are now closer then many expect to a rude ending of their means. Thank you


  4. The bad weather has a lot to answer for; I predict further stormy times ahead. Well done!

  5. Thank you, Little Nell.

    I called my tank little nell when it turned into a james bond eckylopter (chucker, chucker, chucker, chucker it went as it flew up to 3ft 4ins over the henemee who were bamboozled at the sight of such invention they wet on and soggyfied their own cardboard tombs)hee, hee!!

    Anon 20:07
    Thank you to 007(2)?

    Anon 21:19
    nurky one, two, three
    ready or not
    dam n blarst
    do dah