Uncle Jack

Written by: Gary Bovett

Uncle Jack 
Was in the army 
We have the photographs 
To prove it 
Although the S badge 
Attached to the band 
Around his peaked hat 
Suggests blood and fire 
Rather than guns and ammo 

I should have realised 
Unlike our common forebear 
Scottish Montrose 
None of my recent lineage 
Would be brave enough 
To kill 

Uncle Jack 
Did have two brothers 
That he lost 
In the great war 
Careless 
Senseless 
Hopeless 
Brotherless 

So he 
Joined the army 
Grew flowers 
And collected 
Willow 
Pattern 
China