Soldier F

Soldier F said he only harmed
protesters who held bombs or arms
Soldier F had truths to hide
The soldier lied

Lord Saville said
none of the dead
had posed a threat
but that did not stop Soldier F

When one-and-twenty soldiers shoot
then why no prospect to prosecute
Soldier L or Soldier M
who killed a lad who crawled from them?

Or Soldier P or Soldier E
on their shooting spree
with Soldier J?
They shot men dead as they ran away

Can’t exonerate them all
Soldier F can take the fall
Army brass repel all boarders
Close ranks round those who gave the orders

Families bereft
No trust is left
Is justice deaf?
Soldier F

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