Created by katiehumphrey almost 6 years ago
Mametz Wood by Owen Sheers For years afterwards the farmers found them -the wasted young, turning up under their plough bladesas they tended the land back into itself. A chit of bone, the china plate of a shoulder blade,the relic of a finger, the blownand broken bird's egg of a skull, all mimicked now in flint, breaking blue in whiteacross this field where they were told to walk, not run,towards the wood and its nesting machine guns. And even now the earth stands sentinel,reaching back into itself for reminders of what happenedlike a wound working a foreign body to the surface of the skin. This morning, twenty men buried in one long grave,a broken mosaic of bone linked arm in arm,their skeletons paused mid dance-macabre in boots that outlasted them,their socketed heads tilted back at an angleand their jaws, those that have them, dropped open. As if the notes they had sunghave only now, with this unearthing,slipped from their absent tongues.