Arc de Triomlille
The undying Flame
Unknown Warriors
Eternal fame.

Dignitaries in morning coats
Wreaths, martial music loud
Men in array, military rituals
Sham sentiments and a solemn crowd

A symbol
A forgotten fool
A bait for cannon fodder
Ambition’ s tool.

Wars to end wars
Defense of the fatherland
Recruiting officers‘ glib talk
Oh! victims of‘ a military band

Multicoloured ribbons and brassbits
Hysterical welcome crowd
Reviews, inspections and parades
Your only reward.

Or

Weeping wives
Sorrowing sweethearts
Orphaned offsprings
When life’s light is snuffed

By J.J. Puthucheary