Spring 1947 • Vol. IX No. 2 Poetry |

To a Soldier Killed in Germany

On a small town, twitching with life and death, The sun pours his consuming acid down On broken monuments, the shattered fist Of Hitler's figure, stoney carrion kissed By the devouring light, and near this town They stitched your lips and cut away your breath. Once when you went in the embrace of air, Touching the winds with odors of yourself, Man-eating danger moved to where you stood Probing the features of the German wood With a slim rifle. Others than yourself Hid from the squinting eye that split a hair Among the lenses, plotting your dirty grave. Riddled with visions, something made you stay. In that cold, brainless instant, fear was dead, Hope split in parts; careless, you raised your head, And with your motion gave yourself away, Giving as freely as God ever gave. What wonder hit you, turned you inside out, Shaking all wonders from you at one blow? You could not doubt it was an honest ghost Because it killed all doubts, gave you that most Terrible killing wound. You could no

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