what remains?
not the noise of battle
not the trenches
not the mud
not the young men

places remain
Passchendaele, Somme, Verdun

and names on headstones
in manicured cemeteries
identical memorials
camouflaging those who lie beneath

and poppies

what remains?
not the noise of battle
not the trenches
not the mud
not the young men

by Philip Barnett

The words of this song were inspired by the story of Paul Barnett, a soldier in the Labour Corps during WW1.
They have been set to music by Bryan Kesselman and performed by Tonic Choir as part of a concert programme, Beyond the Trenches, which was commissioned by Bentley Priory Museum. The programme was performed in November 2017 at the Museum and also at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
www.tonicchoir.co.uk/beyond-the-trenches.html

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