Joanna Costello

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22 year old writer, recently graduated in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Passions include writing,19th Century history and literature, thrills, pugs and the colour purple!
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Smell Of Death In The Trenches

Smell of death in the trenches

One time we recalled what it was like to smell death.
Some of the new ones argued that you couldn’t –
The clean air of home still lingering under their noses
like some bottled source of nostalgia and they sighed.
Others lay rotting in corner bunks – their skin white
and the Gerry shells rocking them to sleep.
One says that death smells like smoke.
The kind of smoke shells let off in black lingering mushrooms,
like some ever-present threat knocking on the door.
It blocks out all other smell and wears you down:
You forget ...

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