of the Somme, Vimy Ridge and modern times .. .


Out where the two dykes cross
you could be in the desert
of Atacama as far as remoteness
we surprised a black-eared hare

He scuttled from his hiding place
disappeared at pace glancing
remotely over his shoulder as if one
outlying sniper unbedded from a ditch

The grass out there grows with the wheat
long since grown in warm weather sweet
long as the mane of brave Ardennes horses
their bloodline mixed Arabian and Belgian

Those horses shouldered gun-carriages
in the mud, where blood mixed heathen
bled european in the first war, the great war
the shit war of the Somme, a war to end all wars

my booted foot crushes down these grasses
as I consider the losses of men so young
whose sap rose sentient and earthy
whose conversation blithe remained cheery

I march my black dog, he that is melancholy
boundless he follows in my awkward steps
Tommy et les Francais advance to meet with Jerry
their khaki tunics crimson stained and ruddy

I step out at Vimy Ridge tufted grass under foot
sounds of the heaviest artillery attend our path
four divisions of the bravest Canadian corps
on the ground before us, men, the dog and I

shell-fire in the mid-distance crashes low
our hare bounding once more to show
running on the margins that bares the brunt
my mind racing back to the Western Front

the green-gold fields out here ripple swollen
as a sea full of corn yet ever those young men
lay in their carnage in blight of mud, weathered scorn
to wish tho’ breathing they might never have been born




About edenbray

I'm a writer ... I write .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions ~ the effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist since 1966 - I'm an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have had many poems selected for Anthologies of verse and recently have published many of my poems in 24+ themed booklets ... please ask for details - join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and encouragement and thanks for listening - I really value your interest ~ edenbray
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