Ernst Toller

(1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939 / Samotschin / Poland)

To the Trench


Through shell-holes,
puddles of mud,
they trudge.
Over frozen
men in foxholes
they stumble.

Rats dart whistling across the distances.
Dead fingers rain down
& tap on rotting doors.
Signal-rockets,
corpse-lanterns…

To the ditch, to the ditch.

Submitted: Friday, March 30, 2012
Edited: Thursday, May 30, 2013

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