Winter 1952 • Vol. XIV No. 1 Work in ProgressJanuary 1, 1952 |

There Was a Battle—Bougainville—1944

Eternal beaches, Stradivarii Of isolation from tempestuous waves Ever present while the moment craves Something abrupt, something definitive, Cross the waste of water instantly To where palms mingle with infinity And the horizon dangles from the pole. Fragmentarily the earth is whole But carried onward with enormous speed Past tiny stretches where the wounded bled After the quick amphibians had run Vast, up-reared, official and sedate--- Only a moment, one decision, then Teeming cemeteries in the sun.

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