My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Flash 55 PLUS! Where the challenge is to write a piece of poetry or prose in precisely 55 WORDS. The PLUS! is an invitation to reflect on the Battle of the Somme.
They staggered across no-man’s land,
Returning to mud-filled trenches
After shifting and ducking bullets
Of another failed assault.
Underneath their feet,
Buried six feet deep,
Unlike the fallen,
The arteries of communication
Amidst the rumbling and shaking.
The field telephones were silent
When their hollow mouths pleaded:
And is there news?
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
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