Tag Archives: World War One

The End of the Great European Peace, 1914

The Great European Peace* began and ended with German military action. German Unification (1871) followed, as planned, from crushing victories; leading again, as planned by Bismarck, to peace. Forty- three years of European peace and an entire generation of German … Continue reading

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Biography of Private Nobody

Born painlessly Lived harmoniously Died pointlessly.

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Lost Ball

An old house’s garden Beneath a gnarled apple tree… Lay a lonely child’s ball Lost a while ago One rainy day When George and Tony Were called in for tea Forgotten- forsaken Laughter left on the ground. Brothers, later in … Continue reading

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War: Part One

Armies march. Soldiers do what soldiers do, Soon battlefields are littered with corpses. Flocks of crows circle high above and Farmers smile, saying to each other, “Good fertilizer that.” Armies march. Generals do what generals do. Corpses pile high , … Continue reading

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Hindsight

Nothing prepares the mortal soul For regimented lines of limestone, Paced in shell shocked silence, broken Only by distant birdsong competing for attention. Skylarks now the screaming shells, broadcasting, Recounting war torn stories of loss, valour and pain. A chaotic … Continue reading

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