Leeuwin Barracks, 1985

They’re fine boys standing
To attention
In parade grounds;
hot tarmac,
(Soles were baking)

Alluding to some grander
Scheme: a career
To find the theory of flight
And Dad’s love
(Or anything)

Where teenage boys found
Lessons in:
Self-discipline, thought
Over feelings
(Yes, that kind of thing)

Control these and other
Basic impulses,
In how to be a man;
How not to cry
(But can never win).

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