Last Testament of an AK-74 by Tony Ashenden

Lay me down, half boy half man,                  

lay me down, I’m hot.                       

Burning your hands, I am,                 

lay me down, I’m shot.                                  

The next round won’t fire.


Warning you, my fresh-faced keeper            

you am wanted by the Reaper.


Would have liked to be a plough,     

would have made good,                                

turning earth, here and now.            

Would have, and should;


instead, they made me a driller                    

of bullets, and you my son, a killer.


You praise me, when you’re sleeping,          

you call me your lover                       

but when I’m spitting lead                

you call me a fucker.


Crusader, this round’s a bad one,

and I’m overheating.  I’m done.       

It’ll blow you to kingdom come.


Melting down, I can’t speak now.

Melting down, death trap.

Burning your heart, I am.

Melting down, worthless scrap.

Pray, pity, maker of guns.

Pity the death, of your sons.



… he is a short haired, well-built, who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, just old enough to buy a round of drinks but old enough to die for his country. He recently left comprehensive school where he was probably, an average student, played some form of sport, drove a ten-year-old rust bucket, and knew a girl that either broke up with him when he left, or swore to be waiting when he returns home. He moves easily to mood music and hip‐hop, and to the rattle of an AK-74 assault rifle.

Tony is a seasoned traveller; a computer analyst, seaman, shaman, and a complementary alternative therapist. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In his own words – Life is real only then when I am. Please visit his blog Mine Quick Voice of Aquarius to read more of his work.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Tony’s poem speaks volumes about the pitiful truth of war and bloodshed. Weapons handed to youngsters in the name of duty, their lives sacrificed for the supposed good of their nations. But behind the lies and deceit, larger forces are at play, and they climb upon the dead to reach for more power. The final words of an assault rifle couldn’t be more honest and chilling. How many more will die knowing only the feeling of murderous metal in their hands?
    Congratulations Tony!

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  2. Thankyou Turveen. As always your words are powerful and they never corrupt, which is more than I can say of the politicians who drunk with power put guns in the hands of our young people and sacrifice them to slogan rhetoric that should have been consigned to history, long, long, time ago. Many thanks!

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  3. Meelosmom says:

    I appreciate your powerful poem and message about guns, war, and mass shootings (in the US, we suffer from this disease.)

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    1. Thank you for your comments, whilst it was the Ukrainian conflict that prompted this piece, as you perceptively say -it’s a disease!

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  4. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a powerful and provocative piece. So appropriate right now with all the fighting, war on a country that was just minding their business, destroying so many lives for generations. There have been 68 mass shootings in the United States in a month and a half. The definition of mass shooting by the Gun Violence Archive is four people dead or injured including the shooter. Just a great perspective I thought for this piece. Love the honesty no matter how horribly sad it is, people need to be aware. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Joni, I always appreciate your work and not least your telling comments. Just why the American peoples must still carry guns leaves me questioning the sanity of their politicians. Do please continue speaking out!


  5. This is truly amazing

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  6. Power sad truths Tony so well penned that grabs the reader by the throat. Awesome job! ❣️

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