The poppies are blooming in Helmand now

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The poppies

are blooming

In Helmand now

red, red

against

parched earth.

Dust dry in the mouth.

The poppies

are blooming

In Helmand now

in fields flat

where our comrades fell,

dust dry in the mouth.

Soon they will be

gathered in

as we were

gathered in,

for the poppies

are blooming

In Helmand now

where mines were laid

and ambush made

where bugle notes cried

as our comrades died,

dust dry in the mouth.

The poppies

are blooming.

In Helmand now

Red, red

against parched earth

and seared sky

there where we fought

and came to die.

The poppies are blooming

in Helmand

now.

Dust dry in the mouth.