Armistice 1918 the New Beginning

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
The poem expresses my view that some of the obvious roots of World War Two can be found in World War One.

Submitted: November 06, 2018

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Armistice 1918 the New Beginning

Inside a railway-carriage the tracks were laid
for an almost peaceful interlude that
would spiral downwards to even greater,
more life-consuming,
carnage than ever known.

The eleventh hour
on the eleventh day
of the eleventh month,
brought new hope to a world
that didn’t realize the countdown
had begun anew too.
The clock, that callous automaton
of human decay, was slowly,
minute by minute,
eating away
the precious time left,
until the unforbidden timetable of war
would need to be satisfied again.

Standing at the tracks at Compiègne,
the war weary negotiators could see
the tracks leading into the dim distance;
oblivious of those ends of the line
yet to come, yet to be feared as
the platforms of Sobibor, Belsen and Birkenau,
were still latently lurking in the murky future.

The engine that had to pull the world into
better democratic forms was fired up so
that it could start moving again, but nobody
noticed the sleepers underneath the tracks,
were being eaten away by forces conniving
to making a new derailment
impossible to avoid.

 


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