Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day


the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

we celebrate them still

the farm boys and the factory hands

looking for a way out

a way ahead


a way to get away

and they found it

in the boot camps and the barracks and the trenches

was it everything they'd dreamed

those innocent dreamers?

or was it everything they feared

boredom and

more boredom

more boredom

and then the fear

sheer pants-soiling fear

day after night after day

in those maggot infested ditches

the boredom and the fear

day after week

after month

after year

in those maggot infested ditches

until one last time the order came

over the top

for God and King

over the top for God

and the Kaiser

over the top

chin down

bayonet fixed

finger on the trigger



sheer pants-shitting fear

but choke it back

you're on the attack

and nothing can be worse than

those rat-infested trenches

onward to glory!

for God and...

the end

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