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To be Frank, Private


Here’s canvas stretcher; type for art

if studio - or battle field,

where medic’s bear as their first aid.


A hoop spread cross, rough risen ground -

dust, where buried life, to dust,

not engraved pristine bleached stone mark,

serried parade of gravestone ranks

laid Commonwealth Commission grass.


The irony, this private site

misspells surname of the deceased,

whilst names as worth his sacrifice,

Frank, soldier Kingsnorth, far off land.

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