Desire the Right

( Dedicated to my shipmates and all who wear the South Atlantic medal with pride. But especially those 255 who are on eternal patrol)
April 2nd was the day , All the papers had to say
At 20 years old, you had better learn to pray
The day before was no joke, I was just a normal bloke 
Tomorrow would be, The man in me, that awoke
The next 10 weeks would prove to be, Life changing times upon the Sea
We had to sail, And set them Free
Swiftly, the Lady decreed, Retíraos, or find yourselves besieged
My land and people, Will be retrieved
For I have sent a powerful might, To visit thee in dead of night
You really won’t want, To fight THAT fight
A deaf ear, they turned, The offer spurned
There were about to be, Several lessons learned
Who Dares Wins arrived with stealth, To wrestle back the Islands wealth
And restore the land, To perfect health
But not without a woeful cost, As the Steel City was sadly lost
And to the depths, Twenty lives were tossed, The same fate came to several more
Whilst keeping safe all those ashore, Two hundred and fifty five souls…..
..Labelled  ‘Casualties of War’
City of 3 spires, then fell, Sounding again, that same death knell
Antelope and Ardent adrift, when next, death cast his ugly spell
Jumping jets were jumping high, Then standing still in deep blue sky
Wreaking destruction, with measured eye
14th June when silence reigned, What was lost was now regained
But at a cost, Every man forever pained
The memory of this righteous fight, Empire blue, sea green and white
Restored the Islands,
‘Desire the Right’
A poem written by Lowen Pengoose  –
13 May 2020 ex RN