John Bliven Morin

Rookie (September 16th,1936 / New London, CT)

The Awakening Trilogy, Page 2 Of 4 - Poem by John Bliven Morin

II - Grave Robbers

“I ‘ates this job, Royce,
Cemet’ries at night,
I’ve more ‘n a bit o’ fear.”

“Don’t make s’much noise,
An’ keep steady the light;
I’m doin’ the work ‘ere.
See? This un’s new,
Just planted yesterday;
That’s what they wants.”

“Bloody ‘ell! My shoe!
Watch yer tossin’, ‘ey?
Yer got dirt on me pants.”

“Shut yer bloody face, Bill,
Or I’ll slap yer with this spade!
Steady that light, you liz!
Won’t take long, this will,
- Can’t dig in the shade -
Ground is soft as sand, it is.
‘Ear that sound? That’s wood
I struck, Bill, or I’m deaf!
More light to clear the last;
Oh, this un’s got t’ be good,
Not like the last un we left,
What the rats got to so fast.
Gor blimey! What’s this, Bill?
This lid be moving, pushing me!
‘E’s bloody alive, mate, pull
Me out o’ this ‘ere ‘ole, will
Ye lad? Aye, pull me free -
Don’t jest stand like a fool! ”

“I see a light! I see men!
The night sky - a blessed star!
Saved, I know not how or why
But I breathe fresh air again!
Bless you, whoever you are,
I thought I was sure to die!
Thank God you’ve come to aid,
To save me from this awful fate;
Buried alive was my plight! ”

“Royce! Why raise yer spade? ”

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 10, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 11, 2011

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