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Hello this is Tim Thorne. My poem is called Scratched in Stone.

On the wall of a cell in Richmond Castle:
“The only war worth fighting is the class war.”
1916: A few men brave enough to be called cowards
knew there would be no war
if no-one obeyed.  The first step
led to a stone wall.  What was scratched on that wall
is there still.  Refusal
is the only weapon they can’t take from you.
When a kid in the firing squad
(They always picked the youngest.)
chose not to shoot, he was next.

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