English Class Project Honours Fallen Ex-Cadets Part 3

Over the next few weeks eVeritas will be publishing excerpts from the recently published “The Dark Mist Cast Across the Guns – Poems in Honour of Remembrance Day,” by the 2018-2019 ENE110-1 class at RMC in Kingston. Please note this volume is available for free in the RMC Gift Shop.

No. 22007 Major Michelle Mendes

Died in Afghanistan

23 April 2009


By 28990 OCdt Chelsea Stephen

Haboob! Haboob! The first female soldier

To stumble up the face of that tall dune.

Gritty gusts blew one shell from its chamber

In an afternoon heat, locked in a room.

Did we push her too much? It was only

Four days before the storm hit the trigger.

A friendly mirage now gone again, lonely –

The wind is stronger now; the dunes, bigger.

You always demand more of the best. BANG!

A quick flash through her crown, a seething fire;

Her pain became ours as the bullet sang –

Sun lowers, ne’er to graze our highflier.

Soaring into a bed of orange waves,

She’s now free. Look up Mic; shams habibiti.


One Comment

  • Don Lovell

    June 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    The first line of poem is not clear to me.
    Nichols Goddard was KIA 17 May 2006
    RIP all who were lost.
    10263 Don Lovell