And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

(the hospital ship returns to Australia during WWI)

So they collected the cripples, the wounded, the maimed
And they shipped us back home to Australia
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla

And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked at the place where my legs used to be
And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity

And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared
Then turned all their faces away.

Sure, some wars do need to be fought, but as Sue says, “no one ever recovers from war.”

One comment

  1. Christian “Just War” doctrine argues that only under certain conditions can war be justified. The elements that justify a war may seem at first to be rather broad– but think about them: very few wars, it turns out, can be justified under this doctrine. Most would have been preventable.

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