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Thursday, 20 September 2012

"Morphine New Year"


I keep hearing of a White Christmas
Filled up with such Love and such cheer
But between the pain and the fears, the loss and the tears
What colour is a morphine new year?

To those of us to whom Merry Christmas
Means a comrade in bits here and there
Or the ghirl we would date who just wouldn't wait
What colour is a morphine new year?

Don't get me wrong the Christmas we fought for
Was often the one you hold dear
But we gave all we could, often more than we should
What colour is a morphine new year?

To those of us to whom Merry Christmas
Means a comrade in bits here and there
Or the girl we would date who just wouldn't wait
What colour is a morphine new year?

I remember Christmas in the Jungle
Weighted down with weapons and gear
But shrapnel will floor and they bayonet will gore
What colour then a morphine new year

And that was the way it started
After the wound and the fear
A thump and a sigh, a syrette in the thigh
Started many a morphine new year

We did what we had to as needed
And we usually did it with good cheer
But after forty five years of much pain and tears
I still fight for the right to a CHAIR!*

And now after thirty years drug free
I'm back where I started I fear
I thank you so much for the Christmas
I just didn't want the morphine new year!

So now the battle starts over
To be rid of this chemical curse
If only they'd given me poppy
Instead of these inventions much worse!

So I know you want Christmas all fluffy
All white with tinselly airs
It's so rude to ask, but I need help with my task
What colour is a morphine new year?




Copyright © Res JFB 6th January 2010

This is just a reminder that while we still send our young men off to war it can make Christmas mean something entirely different to those who lose loved ones or their health over this so called period of peace and goodwill!

Despite being in chronic pain a lot of the time I seldom resort to pain killers any more but for 15 days over the end of December '09 and January '10 I was forced to use morphine again after 30 years off it. You can probably gather that I wasn't happy about it! I am pleased to report that, so far, I have not had to resort to it again!

*My reference to fighting for the right to a CHAIR refers to the fact that despite being an 80% disabled Veteran I've just been told that the application for a assessment for an orthorpedic chair that I made in 2003 has been lost and that I must now apply for an assessment again. Estimated waiting period for assessment = 1 year!