Mr. Gough was a mainstay
Keeping the planes capable
For the pilots fighting the Germans
For Australia in Africa.

The war ended and Hughie went
Back to England
To resume his life
Until retirement.

He returned to Australia
Taking out a letter asking for his mates,
Wherever they might be,
To come calling for a beer and memories.

He could offer little
Other than faded photographs
And the camaraderie afford men
Who fought in the second great war.

Mr. Hugh Gough waited for an answer
But none came forward
As the veterans were already
Realizing the impermanence of it all.


Photo Credit: By Tom Beazley, published by aussiejeff [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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