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Dead Man's Dump

Rating: 3.1

The plunging limbers over the shattered track
Racketed with their rusty freight,
Stuck out like many crowns of thorns,
And the rusty stakes like sceptres old
To stay the flood of brutish men
Upon our brothers dear.

The wheels lurched over sprawled dead
But pained them not, though their bones crunched,
Their shut mouths made no moan.

They lie there huddled, friend and foeman,
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Ronn Michael Salinas 22 October 2012

It's that doom train, huh?

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Susan Williams 11 April 2016

You can tell he was also a painter. From the way this poem is written, it’s obvious he writes with a paint brush. The images he paints with his pen force his readers to see the scene in a way that makes it more vivid. And horrific. And not just from one angle. We see the scene first through the eyes of someone carrying wire up the line on limbers and running over dead bodies, then we see it through the eyes of a dying man, and finally we see it from the limber-driver's perspective again. The view from the dying soldier's eyes is particularly disturbing. It is the wagon wheels, the mules' hooves and quivering bellies we see from ground level upwards. The reader won’t easily forget this haunting poem.

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* Sunprincess * 11 April 2016

........just finished his statement of biography and true it says, he enlisted....and sadly later passed away at the age of 28, and was first buried in a mass grave himself...until later identified ?

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* Sunprincess * 11 April 2016

........an imaginative write I'm not so sure....sounds as if the poet lived this experience ?

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Edward Kofi Louis 11 April 2016

Man born of man, and born of woman! Nice work.

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It is a tragedy to remember or imagine the fear and death of man in cold blood and the poet in his imagination created the story in a specific event and it is a success.

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