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.


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

By J.J. Puthucheary