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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2015 04:42 am
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The Führer smashes his fist down, sending Levi into the void.
A Death’s Head in the Lager directs his gaze into the void.
 
British boys lie entrenched, gambling: mortar rains on German lines.
They charge at dawn with bets and hopes, but each lad pays into the void.
 
Sailors smell petrol and hurl themselves to the murky waters.
Fire explodes battleships and grey Zeros rise into the void.
 
The Angel of Marzabotto buries the dead, wiping his brow.
An officer lodges a bullet there; the Angel prays to the void.
 
Green GI go romping through the jungle after Victor Charlie.
They come upon rice fields, and set My Lai ablaze, into the void.
 
George III holds tight to colonies that raise muskets and new flags.
The Ministry of All Talents leads him, crazed, into the void.
 
Nippon men flood Nanjing, and throw a maiden to the ground.
They thrust their bayonets, sending her, dazed, into the void.

Fascist youths march the Bedouins across the Libyan sands.
Captors fence nomads in; the Duce looks, unfazed, into the void.
 
A young captain and his Bedouins shoot Turks on no pretense.
Lawrence, disillusioned, fades out unpraised, into the void.

 

~ Le turc (“The Turk”)

Nom du guerre for Raymond Alexander Turco

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