Roy Ernest Ballard


On Stanford Training Area, - Poem by Roy Ernest Ballard

Stand-to at dawn! Our well dug-in platoon
watch down their sights. The sky is turning green,
like coral sands beneath a calm lagoon
through sunny, waveless waters dimly seen,
the deeps of emerald, the pools of jade;
cold, dawnlight pools in which the morning steeps
its muddy cloths in every dyeing shade.
Along the forest ride the morning creeps
and catches on some madcap enterprise
a heavy-footed hare who halts and squints
and sniffs at us in comical surprise.
Beside a pit, long dug for sharp-edged flints
by other warriors, withered now to bones,
we lie in company with roots and stones.

Topic(s) of this poem: soldier

Form: Sonnet


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 9, 2016


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