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Silver Shot ©

Graham Donachie
Victoria, Canada

Sturdy struts the soldier boy
upon the land of green pastures.
Bold along the path to his new found love,
all dripping with springtime promise
and naught in his thoughts of
any darkness.

Slowly sighting the soldier boy
from among the fronds of silent green,
he strokes the length of his deadly mistress.

Singing the song that soldiers sing
when thinking of her eyes laughing
at his stumbling, stuttering words of love
that leaves her breathless.

Humming a tuneless nothingness
along the avenue of instant death,
his cheek caresses the cold stretched steel.

Nearing now to the arms of his love
from his soldier-breast, his love a-bursting.

A silver shot rings out.

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