I never knew him

he was known

as Uncle G

my father's only brother

George by name

as came the Armistice

then he was killed.

When praying

on Remembrance Day

for Uncle G

I felt that I had known him

impossible because

I was not born

Realisation as an adult

presents the suffering,

the noise, the guns, the mud,

comrades around

some dead, some dying

very few survived

who seldom talked

about that war.