The Tinnitus of Empire

Crash, rattle, bang –

sounds in which

the balance of the soldier’s life hangs.


Smash, battle, clang –

the din of rounds

profound only in the songs his forefathers sang.


And his ears rang.

With the sound

of Man’s achievement.

his Maker’s name

in bereavement.

his comrades’ wounds


for which there is no treatment.


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