the torn, the bloodied khaki

the torn, the bloodied khaki
for anzac day, 2017

Anzac_2017

the
service
the hymn
we stumbled
through
all
over
now
the crosses
placed for
the event
there in
the dew,
notes and
even photos
fixed to a
few by
family born
in the castled
distance of
years since,
off the
other side
of that hill
we saw
the clouds
over island
mountain
and sea
seep with
glow like
molten iron
rising in
the mould,
for those
the crosses
stood for
that sun
was their
salute
this dawn,
salute to
the torn
the bloodied
khaki, sun
exploding
through the
norfolk pine
and we grew
old again with
the day while
they lay
as they did
then,
the torn,
the bloodied
khaki their
send off to
beyond,
the return
ships
empty

 28 april 2017

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