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 Orders Of The Day by English poet and novelist William Palmer (pic) Written for the war cemetery at Vis-en-Artois

 Each man will rise
and stand behind his stone.
There’ll be no talking
but each of you may stand
at ease – alone.
The frost will lay
a dimly shining white
between each row
of thirteen stones.
It won’t be light
for two hours yet.
Wind will blow hard
from the east; sky remain
black, but pierced – so
brilliantly starred.
It won’t be until noon
(sun low all day)
when they get from their cars
and feel our cold.
What do they say?
We will not hear.
When they walk between
the frosted aisles
along each row of stones,
we will remain unseen.
They will be moved:
by the kind orders of stone
and grass; the terse
inscriptions; walls of names….
Then they are gone.
After this short day,
away from village lights,
the long dark fields will wait
where we must settle
for the night.
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