6th June

never saw red sand before,
but it was red on the beach
back in ’44.

Friends who ended their days
looking at me with a
startled gaze as if it was
all make believe
and that later
we’d meet for a cigarette,

not for me yet,
but I never forget that
it could have been me
watching with eyes that
could no longer see

on the red sand
back in ’44

#normandy

© 2016, John Smallshaw.