Gert Strydom

Veteran Poet - 1,418 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Report from a commander of a Ratel armoured car (cavatina)


(after Randall Jarrell)

From my mere childhood I was called-up
to the army,
found myself in walls of armoured steel;
the enemy
roared in with Russian battle tanks,
never free
from projectiles that were exploding,
life was a very rude awakening.

[Reference: "The death of the Ball Turret Gunner" by Randall Jarrell.]

Submitted: Friday, April 20, 2012
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