Mary Irvine: The Whistle
I had set my alarm to ensure I was up in good time. I am normally up well before 7am but this morning was extra-special. I turned on the radio and waited, listening to the scene being set. At 728 am I stood in remembrance of an event of 100 years ago. A whistle sounded the end of a respectful silence. 100 years ago a similar whistle sent thousands to death or a life-time of mental, physical suffering. The following just ‘came’.
Tommy heard the whistle. Sweat ran down his back, soaking already damp patches under the webbing of his backpack, armpits, crotch – that wasn’t sweat. He wiped each hand in turn near down a trouser leg.
The whistle stopped. He heard a voice calling:
‘Tommy, kettle’s just boiled, breakfast’s ready.’
The picture is one of the ceramic poppies from the Tower of London display. I count myself privileged to have the care of one. A gift from my son. Rest assured this one will never appear on eBay or similar sites whilst I live!
Mary Irvine, 19 July, 2016
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