On Hearing the News in C.M.F.
The major issues are too large this universal war enwraps the details of a bayonet charge in parcels of discarded maps.
The news at six and eight and ten leaves little time for sorrow; the Army's on the move again - where shall we be tomorrow?
For Patton, Hodges, Tolbukhin may take this town, that city; the uninvited thought creeps in that shell wounds are not pretty.
As common thoughts obtrude themselves to make the edge of sense more blunt; each one the bigger picture shelves and gazes, anxious, to his front.
The War is going well. - Enough! The end is any date you choose; and, while the soldier does his stuff, the public will not lack for news.
C.M.F. = Central Mediterranean Forces
- From Oasis into Italy -- Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd (1983)