The wind whips through the leaves, which whirl and fly
Among survivors in the cityís heart
Like ghosts of summer, till the gunís report.
Exposed to no worse than a cameraís eye ,
One man went back, to stand, now warm and dry,
Across from where, beside a dull canal,
The German he was told to snipe once fell
And slithered head first down the bank to die.
Silence and leaves, then, at the buglesí hint,
That shot again, that fall, that slow descent,
Those legs stuck up for days from watery sky.
If you have any comments on this poem, Jerome Betts would
be pleased to hear from you.