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The Unwelcome Guest is a big departure from my usual, pithy, throwaway poems. It was written after having the Pogues song, A Pair of Brown Eyes, as an ear worm for about a week. Strangely the ear worm vanished the same day as the poem was written.

I saw this man in dreams of old,

long before the war.

I know his face as well as mine,

I know his mind, what's more.


I dread those dreams.

His dreadful stare,

his glaring eyes,

his bloodied hair.


I try to bring your face to mind,

bring beauty to this place.

But all I see is my enemy,

wrapped in death’s embrace.


I tell myself I can keep true.

to values held before.

I tell myself there is a place

for mercy in a war.


I tell myself we could be friends,

if circumstance allowed.

Our differences, just uniform,

two faces in a crowd.


But when at last we come to meet

for battlefield debate,

survival instincts take the fore

and all I feel is hate.


I do not feel compassion

as I stand on the abyss,

I steel myself to feel contempt

for him and all he is.


And later on when, battle done

I close my eyes to rest.

those staring eyes return to me,

my old, unwelcome guest.

Meet The Author...
Trevor Belshaw
Who Am I?

Trevor Belshaw, aka T A Belshaw and Trevor Forest, hails from the village of Ruddington in Nottinghamshire. Trevor was married to Doreen, who sadly passed away last year and has two grown up children, Tamsyn and Daniel, two grandchildren, Minnie and William, a mad Springer Spaniel called Maisie and an upstairs cat named Misha.

Trevor has produced two satire based adult novels for Crooked Cat Publishing, Tracy's Hot Mail and Tracy's Celebrity Hot Mail and twelve children’s books (ages 7-11), including Peggy Larkin's War, The Wishnotist, Stanley Stickle Hates Homework and The Magic Molly series written under the name Trevor Forest. He is currently working on the seventh Magic Molly book, Magic Molly and the Murky Marshes.

All of Trevor’s books are available in Kindle and paperback versions. The first Magic Molly book, Magic Molly, The Mirror Maze is currently FREE for Kindle users

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