‘Over the top’ he said and so we did,
Hot lead whizzed by our heads like angry bees,
John took one in the chest and down he slid;
I took one low, that brought me to my knees.
Through smoke and haze we saw futility,
No man a coward, but everyone afraid;
The trench, ten yards behind, I still could see,
Its yawning darkness like a welcomed grave.
I crawled behind a burnt out splintered stump
And found some paper in a pocket dry;
I dipped a splinter in my blood and wrote,
And steeled myself as not to shake or cry.
My darling when you read this, I’ll be gone,
Sorry to leave so soon, please raise our son.
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