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To the new, and slightly altered, Home Page of author Gordon Lawrie. Born in 1952, the former Modern Studies teacher made a career change in 2010 and started writing all sorts of stuff – novels and short stories, essays, even music and recipes.
Featured Flash Fiction
I write a lot of flash fiction – every Friday, in fact. Mine is always 100 words long, and you can find much more of it in the archive, and you can download my free ebook 100 Not Out.
This space normally features a sample, but a little bit of poetry seemed more appropriate this weekend. Flash Fiction will return next week.
ON THE CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE DAY
Let not your thoughts betray you while you bow your head
How can we remember when none of us was there?
At best we stand in silence and contemplate the dead;
At some point though our minds drift, like as not, elsewhere –
These days a minute, perhaps two, can seem like hours
Not to check mobile phones for news we might have missed,
A text from a friend, or the latest football scores.
School kids might know that 'Dulce et decorum est'
Is not ice cream, but gas – GAS?? Is that your biggest threat?
Aren't nuclear missiles or cluster bombs now the story,
Or napalm, or even a hijacked passenger jet
Crashed into a tower block pro deo mori?
We're no further forward, let's not try to pretend –
The war to start all wars is yet to reach an end.
© Gordon Lawrie 2018