FLANDERS

Scarlet poppies sway, a gentle breeze

Mothers, daughters

Keening vigil

Boys, just playful boys

Arm, leg, smile shattered

Only the Queen of Spades intact

Daring crow struts

flesh-ful earth, earth-ful flesh

Lovers' voice lament, scarce heard

And over the hill the white reminders

of never never.

Corpses reflected in the eye of the worm

Hope reversed

And when the snow falls angel tears

bloody the snow.