The Ground, It Breathes
By: OCdt Eliza Bruce, (III, CSC), 27472
Oh, now you listen? Then unstop your ear;
thousands have fallen, so bloodied, right here
struck down with poison, shell, mortar
paying the cost of an ill-advised order.
We fly above and beyond the call of death.
Jump for the glory, or so they say—
Who knows where we’ll land today.
Arc of fire: deadly.
Rate of fire: bursts of 3, 1 to the head, 2 to the core.
On your own time, fire.
As we decry our stapled souls,
the artillery shells in deathless holes
land, and split the chalk in two.
The internal tunnels shudder—
cracked clay breaks apart
to make room for the swarms of bodies
bursting to the surface of the cemetery.
A grimy pit of trench in the ground,
mass graves, nameless names,
blood churning in the earth—
dead rounds and empty casings in its possession.
Nature now attempts to shroud the remnants—
horrors that should never have been now covered in vines.
No birds, no ghosts of the air, no song.
And yet, some strange measure of peace I find,
when I listen to ground. It breathes.
Ed Note: 27472 OCdt Eliza Bruce composed this poem during the Battlefield Tour over the Reading Week with a selection of RMC cadets and staff.
We expect to have more BT articles (from different perspectives) next week.
In This Issue 8:
Ex Cadets and more in the news
5381 Raymond Hession: CWRO remembers the good times & the tough times
9253 Stan Jacobson – CWTO experience paid off down the road
9255 Don Kennedy – Learned that you can’t please all the cadets – all of the time
Looking Back: All of March & 1 April ‘09
22493 David Leblanc: Brighton’s ENSS set this pilot on path to the stars
Join Ex Cadet Author 16076 John Conrad at Toronto Book Launch in May
Changing of the Guard at Panet House & Branch Updates
Branches and Classes – We Need Your Help With The Truth, Duty, Valour Campaign /
Promotions et divisions : la campagne « Vérité, devoir, vaillance » a besoin de vous
Winter of ’17, on the peninsula
Message Board / Affiche de Messages
Approaching a Problem to Replace a Gun System
Deaths | Décès
Previous articles you may have missed:
3462 Chris Smith: Octogenarian swimmer still breaking Canadian, Ontario records
11551 Ray Richards: CWHQ Memories from 1976/77
26288 Lieutenant Sarabjot Anand: Passing on sage advice & remembering the good times