Monday, October 26, 2009

First Night On the Western Front

First Night On the Western Front

- After Charles Yale Harrison

Out of no-man’s land,
through jags of barbwire
as shaken down as earth’s geology,
in that hell-dark of second watch,
some thing leapt at my face
and I nerved back, probing
the inkblack to gradually begin
to make out a rat - large as a tomcat,
but only slowly discern it so fat,
and then to realize why.

Around Anzac Day 2009 © Wayne David Knoll

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