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PostSubject: Expendables   Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:51 am



They were hardy corpsmen
And didn’t see it coming
Didn’t see the shrapnel
That took them clean from France
Three weeks and no movement
All dug-in, damp in duty
Trench-life made of waiting
But wanting to advance.
Somewhere out in No-Man’s
That morning of the order
Lark was singing gaily
Where gray had stamped out life
Frost had flecked the grasses
And rations fed the masses
As young men from the farmlands
And factories faced new strife.
Now a different stirring
A dawn chill vision blurring
As Kraut and Brit
Expected something strange
Ordnance preparing
Not one a smile was wearing
The big guns back
Now moved to closer range.
And in an instant blazing
A Father lost a Son
A village lost a plumber
And a doctor scarce begun
A Lover lost her one dream
Far away neath prairie sun
And Johnny would not
Come marching home again.


Note: The photo was taken on November 7th in Paris, Ontario. Beneath dramatic variable skies its over-exposure seems other-worldly.

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