The hair cut

Photo copyright: Susan Spaulding

Photo copyright: Susan Spaulding

I was fed up with looking like a shaggy dog, fed up with smelling like a cess pit, fed up with wearing my dirty army uniform. But worst of all I was fed up with seeing my pals blown to pieces. All sorts of bugs and lice inhabit my skin. My feet are swollen, they call it trench foot. So you can imaging my relief when the battalion was told to pack up and leave the trenches. We where overdue for a rest period. A hot shower and a visit to the barbers was just the ticket. As we staggered away from the front line we saw the new guys marching in, taking over our trench. Poor buggers, what rotten timing. We get to spend Christmas Eve at the comfort station, as they duck bullets.

I almost feel human again, till the bombardment starts. Even the folks in Dover will be able to hear this. The general is apparently worried, our rest is cut short and we are sent back to the front. The poor sods who took over our trenches look just about done in. Then I remember that it’s Christmas Day. But there will be no football today.


Mike prior to his visit to the barbers.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. anuragbakhshi

    The grim reality of life beyond our tiny little bubbles. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind messages of support, it means a lot

  2. Abhijit Ray

    You paint a very realistic picture of battlefield and predicament of a soldier.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Abhijit. I do appreciate your feedback

  3. Piyali

    A very hard-hitting tale and you told it beautifully.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Piyali for your lovely feedback

  4. Keith's Ramblings

    A timely reminder of the sacrifices some were forced to make for future generations. Excellent.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, To many have had to make such sacrifices,

  5. Violet Lentz

    How much more the simple things in life mean to us when they are taken away.. Excellent write.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Violet.

  6. Dahlia

    Some very vivid and grim images here Michael! Very well done

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your support, it is appreciated

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