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Passchendaele

A villanelle


Why did they have to die that day?

In that insidious war

Fear hidden with a brave display.



In the trenches, their affray

The blood and all the gore

Why did they have to die that day?



Death cast it's grey fetid bouquet

Artillery did frightfully roar

Fear hidden with a brave display.



With Generals orders to obey

At Passchendaele they gave what for

Why did they have to die that day?



With the enemy swept away

Against their grim esprit de corps

Fear hidden with a brave display.



The gods of war have had their play

Too many dead, they need no more

Why did they have to die that day

Fear hidden with a brave display.

Mark Rand