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I never really was a soldier
Although I wore the uniform
Somehow didn’t quite fit in
Just couldn’t quite conform.
Hindsight now tells me that
I enjoyed every single day
But I’m not so sure at the time
I actually saw things that way.

We could work many long hours,

Performing military tasks
Without reason or rhyme
Could mean catching up
In our own meagre spare time.
Come my annual appraisal
I really blew my top
And once I’d got started found

It was impossible to stop.

The Adj shook my hand

On my discharge day
Wished me the best of luck
As they sent me on my way.
I’d tried hard to fit it
Worked at it body and soul
Nothing could change my being
The square peg in the round hole.

I still have good friends

From that period long passed

Friendships from the forces

Tend to develop and last.

I wouldn’t have  missed that time

It meant do much to me

It influenced and helped form

The man I later came to be

Years later I worked with Veterans
Helping them sort out their lives
I could still speak their languages
Knew all their angles and skives
But I’d never really been a soldier
Though I’d worn the uniform,
Sad when I’d had to leave but

Just wasn’t able to conform .

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