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    SENTINELS

We stood guard in dawns early light,
sharp eyes pierced the dark looking for movment
That shouild not be.
Ears pricked, to catch the noise
That should not be.

Through rain, mud, swollen stream, baked earth, we walked
Ragged clothes hanging from tired bodies, sharp alert
minds, looking for sign,
That should not be.

A rifle was our constant companion awake or
asleep, never far from an outstreched hand
For we were the sentinels of yesterday, sworn to
protect those who could not do so for themselves.
We stood in those namless places where our brothers in
arms had stood before us
We Could Not Falter

Sleep in peace brothers, was our call
In the knowledge that we were there, to guard the
night.
And prevent, that which should not be.

TODAY YOU HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR DUTY
IT IS NOW OUR TURN TO SLEEP
ONWARD

Joe Cox

Joe Cox wrote this poen and sent it to Victor Company 1 RNZIR
on their deployment to East Timor in 1999. Victor Company
was the first New Zealand infantry into East Timor, as it was 32
years earlier in Vietnam. They went with the blessing of the
Originals.

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