Thanks to the BBC Scotland article, TEAW contributors Joe Gordon and Kate Charlesworth were sent a message by a lady known simply as Sheila. Having read about their story, Memorial to the Mothers, she sent along a poem by the seemingly forgotten Scottish poet, Joseph Lee.
Every bullet has its billet
Many bullets more than one;
God! Perhaps I killed a mother
When I killed a mother’s son.
This poem is indicative of the many aspects of WWI that are conveniently ‘forgotten’ because they fail to chime with the preferred recollections of the conflict. As we ready ourselves for publication, it is a timely reminder of the responsibility and opportunity we writers and artists have to make sure this centenary is not glossed over by the agenda of our present government and self interested institutions.