Sunday, 28 January 2018

Hell Ships and Hiroshima

(For Herbert James Haines)

Not many like him are left,
The Brylcreemed young man
In RAF blue, looking up proudly
From folded newsprint;
He made it to ninety seven,
He was always lucky.

But time has taken its toll
On the family of a warrior
Who survived ‘hell ships’
And Hiroshima. None
Able to attend his funeral
In rainy North Wales.

Still a standard bearer
Will be present
And the local paper
Has appealed for support
To give a hero the send off
He deserves.

Jim didn't say much
About the war,
So we only know a little;
One visitor to his home
Remembers model planes
Hanging from the ceiling.

© David Subacchi

Appeal to public to give hero's farewell to Rhos on Sea WWII veteran who survived Japanese 'hell ship' and even Hiroshima

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016) as well as a collection in Welsh: Eglwys Yng Nghremona (2016).