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In 1917 MAG

March 12, 2012
By HZhang GOLD, Cortland, New York
HZhang GOLD, Cortland, New York
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Favorite Quote:
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
-Oscar Wilde

“Such good luck,” she whispers.
The engine exhales a long gust of good-byes.
“Don't be a hero.”
His medals dance in sorrowful eyes.

From Ripon to the Somme,
Rails speed past the gossamer night.
From Barchester Towers to Quiet, Quiet on the Western Front,
To fight the Huns who clamor that might is right.

The photograph by her bedside,
Taken from its frame and polished every day,
Appraised with a prayer,
“Dear Lord, I beg you to keep him safe.”

But safety lies only in death,
A sanctuary from the hellfire
Faceless faces and soundless screams,
Sepulcher trenches and dreams of Yorkshire.

“It's almost over,
You'll be home soon.”
She writes in teary haste.
“So soon. We'll be together at Christmas,”
She says to a blasé, silent moon.

“It's almost over,
You'll be home soon.”
He reads by gaslight and shrapnel sparks
The lies of Lord Northcliffe, a newspaper tycoon.

The bullet with his name on it
Soars through the sable sky.
He presses her letter to his heart,
And swears to heaven, “For this I will not die."
A telegram, a shuddered gasp.
“Killed in action,” “an honorable death.”
Pathetic wails and chandeliers clanging “No!”

An empty grave, a show that flopped.
Home is the hunter, home from the hill.
And the sailor from the sea.
Here he lies, where he never longed to be.

The author's comments:
This poem was inspired by the flawless TV series, Downton Abbey.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Mar. 30 2019 at 11:51 pm
Fate-S-F BRONZE, Beaverton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
no one knows what will happen tomorrow, but things might change, use your time with your loved ones.

why are doing this to me? Downton Abby made me cry enough. good job

on Apr. 1 2012 at 11:14 am
everlost PLATINUM, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix

This was absolutely amazing. I truly hope this gets published. I almost cried. You captured so much. I'm in awe.

on Mar. 30 2012 at 7:45 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

This is a well written piece. Tragic, but true. The descriptions were fantastic---I like the line about a blasé, silent moon. Excellent work~