The Wondering Workshop

Israeli authors and poets creating in English

Be all you can be

Written By: Site Default - Sep• 17•09

I
He could have become a Captain,

as he was known as ‘best shot’.

Praised for his determination

and strong character, he

always put his friends first,

caring, but also carefree.

II

His name was Private Robert Laws

But everyone called him Robbie.

He was Steve and Wendy’s son who

died on his first day of combat.

III
He could have become a comedian,

with his cheeky sense of humor.

An open and engaging character,

motivating the entire Regiment.

The platoon’s life and soul,

although constantly sleeping.

IV
His name was Private Robert Laws

But everyone called him Robbie.

He was Steve and Wendy’s son who

died on his first day of combat.

V
He could have been a new Phelps,

swimming for Great Britain.

Perhaps a new Jimmy White,

or better still O’Sullivan.

He might have started a band,

displaying his versatile music.

VI
His name was Private Robert Laws

But everyone called him Robbie.

He was Steve and Wendy’s son who

died on his first day of combat.

VII

He could have wed his beloved,

and finally taken her to Paris.

They could have had kids,

and he could have read to them,

played with them and tucked them safely in bed.

VIII
His name was Private Robert Laws

But everyone called him Robbie.

He was Steve and Wendy’s son who

died on his first day of combat.

***

Private Robert Laws, from Bromsgrove, died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on the fourth of July 2009. He was eighteen.

Gil Daniel Rechtman, July 2009

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