|Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)
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|When the last veterans die|
Memory ends and history begins,
At once, overnight, legend thickens
And truth thins.
Day before yesterday someone could say
“We went there, we did that, it was so.”
And his friend “Hold on, you’re wrong about that bit,
Remember? No, no!”
But today academics move in
With research teams and grants,
An angle, a theory, a bee in a bonnet;
The picture slants.
Yet the opera stage never waits long
For the songs memory sings;
In a million maternity wards new veterans
Wail in the wings.