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Trench Art

Over the top, crȇpe poppies, red,

shimmy shimmer, stink from mud,

tissue, scarlet, issued flesh,

Western Front, breeze laid-by breath.

Trench art of departed soles,

balls of feet sunk into boots,

brute force launch, earthwork rat-run,

imprinted where tree boles once grew.

Curdle yells, blood, thoughts of home,

dead recalled, repeated years.

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