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This is about a post world war one fight, in the woods of France.. Towards the end of the poem I talk about a marble tab that was erected a s a tribute to all those who died that day..

Submitted:Aug 29, 2011    Reads: 3    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

A creeping mist descends
and trails a forest floor
Probing at the diamonds
concealed within its core

Light fails to penetrate
this complex mesh of wood
The jewels gather musk
demanding that it should

Flakes of muted bark
start to slowly erode
Pressed envelopes of carbon
begin to self explode

Producing an ill odour
that allows the morning fog
Out of the woods
and onto the churning bog

Under the guise of shade
death stumbles through the maze
Contract in his teeth
demanding end of days

Hunger smeared on his lips
as he seeks a place to test
A bankrupt soul
in which he can invest

Memories of yesterdays rain
stir a sticky stain
Clogging natures artery
blocking every vein

Snapped sharp bones
appear like a floating wand
Shivering in the night
reflective on the pond

Sour blood remains brushed to
the stubborn banks
Rust absorbs the now abandoned
shell shocked tanks

Cursed and twisted the wreckage
perfumes the still air
It's only in love and war
all this can be described as fair

Crisp black
and after fire charred
Still the cloak of misery
stalks this grave yard

Erect slab of marble
etched with random words
Strangled by vines
and circled now by birds

Considered wise proverbs
that blur into the ink of the night
Advising the stubborn
it was right to stay and fight

Framed in sharp rusty spears
and mould ridden timber posts
A collective scream is heard
from a posse of angry ghosts

Carnage and limbs
cradled by death
His only demand
you forfeit your breath


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