18 March – War stories

Jackdaws and buzzards clash in the sullen skies,
re-enacting the Battle of Britain with war-charged flight.
Buzzard dives aggressively, spreading his Spitfire wings,
desperate to assert his sovereignty over invading kings.
But Jackdaw is nimble and intent on domination,
mobilising his squadron in intimidating formations.
The struggle is dramatic, enhanced by hostile weather,
blustering and battering every fuselage feather.
But the buzzards triumph in the end, as we knew they would,
try as they might the jackdaws fail to re-write the history books.
War stories haunt collective memory, echoing in refrains –
how long till we look to the clouds and only see birds again?

17 March - War stories