Over the next few weeks eVeritas will be publishing excerpts from the recently published “The Dark Mist Cast Across the Guns – Poems in Honour of Remembrance Day,” by the 2018-2019 ENE110-1 class at RMC in Kingston. Please note this volume is available for free in the RMC Gift Shop.
No. 17333 Kelly Rae Gawne
Killed in an explosion during MILE Phase 3
CFB Chilliwack, BC
20 June 1988
By M2110 OCdt Edward Leibel
Four soldiers in four corners, none made a sound;
poppies on their hearts, and rifles on the ground.
One says “Engineering! The men are rare
who suffer with the iron ring. You see,
we wanted to make a difference there.
Nous avons fait une différence ici.”
Last was the second; the third led way.
The fourth, the fittest, the lady athlete,
now still shines in the honour Ubique,
shines in the light of Saint Barbara’s feat.
No longer does the sapper yell CHIMO
while the bailey bridge gets built; no C-4,
no dets, and no explosive trains to blow.
Chilliwack lays quiet, whispers of before.