Treasure Island

Bernard Gutteridge

(1916 - 1985 / Southampton, England)

Poems of Bernard Gutteridge

1. Man into a Churchyard 1/3/2003
2. Sniper 1/1/2004

Sniper

Moves in the rocks with inching fingers.
We among the feathery banana trees
Imagine for him his aim: the steel helmet
And English face filling the backsight's V.
Again as it was last time, that spurting noise,
Thud, and the writhing figure in long grass.
until we match precision with precision:
We move ten men to one and have him then.

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