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Army Brat

An army brat, a pain indeed,
never destined to succeed,
from place to place,
from camp to camp,
with soldier family I did tramp.

Two years at each, and every school,
how could I know the golden rule,
that only those with silver spoon
should try to reach up for the moon.

Flung from class to class to learn
that army brats were last in turn
when teachers chose just who to teach
mere passers by were out of reach.

In moving on from town to town.
free from the things that tie one down,
I collected all the scraps they threw
and kept them in my knowledge stew.

For mix and match was right for me,
I reveled in variety,
although they only shared a bit,
I grabbed the lot, and made it fit.

And so with different titbits fed
and patchwork learning in my head,
I used my mind to make them whole
and thus came owner of my soul.

Each single thought that I now bear
arises from near everywhere,
for none have been my corner stone
with constant change, one stands alone.

Sometimes I think that I would be
a very, very different me
if I had had a stable home
and not by life was forced to roam.

But I’m the master of my mind
and not a replica of kind,
I am myself for all to see,
there is no other just like me.

An army brat, a soldiers child.
A spirit born to wander wild.
A mongrel of the forces kind.
I now reside within my mind.

Ivor G Davies

The moment created this second, is a moment that's going to last.
It lives the full spectrum of time, the future, the present and past.

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The following comments are for "Army Brat"
by ivordavies

life sucks
Must be nice to dump the blame on an accident of birth. Takes away any reasons to make an effort.

( Posted by: FranFair [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

Army Brat
Baffled by FranFair’s harsh and, for money, unfair assessment of a poem I found to be really quite positive and uplifting, a poem about accepting circumstances, making them work for you, and then finding out they were a blessing in disguise and recognising you wouldn’t be the person you are today without them... or at least that's what I got from it...

enjoyed this, Ivor, well-rhymed and well-rhythmed, as ever.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

I agree with Shannon. I find this uplifting. Thanks for this

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

Polite Army Brat
Not blame, but thanks I gave in this,
it's strange the mind, that this did miss.
For other poets on this site
read all the words and saw their light.
I wonder if, in all is fright
the one that sees nought else but night.

The titbits that were thrown for me
are the reason why I'm free,
surely this was plain to see,
for hunger comes from poverty.
But thank you all for your insight
this lifts me further to the light!

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

just a brat
What I read was a poem that gave no thanks and took all the glory. Army life is a whole bunch in the same boat so why do you think you went through it alone? There's a lot worse out there and dealt with alone. A poor me poem is what this is.

( Posted by: FranFair [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

Just a polite brat
I really feel sorry for me
I'm angry as I aught to be
I've had a bad life
so full of strife
I read it in all poetry.

Someday I'll write words of my own
then you will see me as full groan
but until then
I'll sharpen my pen
and critique whatever is thrown.

I know my opinion is right
no matter what's in others sight
for all that I tell
is written so well
I've dispensed with just being polite.

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: February 10, 2007 )

ONe to another
As one brat to another, I understand your message brother
I guess that some who miss your meaning
may have been privilaged from the weaning
My patchwork life is much like yours
it closed some windows, but opened some doors
If you critic sees this as a pitty me poem
you should read his "Henpecked" problems at home.


As always you show depth and resolve in your work to send a message to us all -- I know exaclty what your meaning is here and can only ignore the ones that got lost after 3rd stanza.

Nice job


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: February 11, 2007 )

Army Brat
Ivor, I understood and throughly enjoyed your poem and think anyone who didn't should read your poem "Life's Puzzle" to let this picture turn out right.

( Posted by: JackGrady [Member] On: February 12, 2007 )

Just Catching Up
Thank you all who reponded to this, I am still alive and kicking just extremely busy with my work.

Will get back when my muse and I have time to meet up again!


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: April 26, 2007 )

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