In This Issue 8

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.


Issue 8 – Table of Contents:

Ex Cadets and more in the news

Golden Oldies

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

Keeping Tabs…

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


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Nos offres d’emploi



 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

Prestigious Leadership Award to be Presented to Astronaut Chris Hadfield in Hamilton / Un prestigieux prix de leadership sera présenté à l’astronaute Chris Hadfield à Hamilton18777

Royal Roads Mast: Join the Guard of Honour

In This Issue 7 – Table of Contents & more