• NMS

LONG TIME IN THE DARK

Updated: Nov 18




Suddenly

No time for fear

No time to think

Man's running at me with a gun in this trench

Stopping to aim

Forget the stink

Throw myself to mud and slime

Pull dagger from its sheaf

I'm on him in an instant

Neck blood spurting on my cheek

Lie back exhausted

Haven't slept a wink

Shells overhead all week long

Earthquakes 'neath my feet

Another helmet approaching

Bayonet on his gun

He screams and runs towards me

No bullets left no place to run

Axe pulled from my belt

Swung hard hits bayonet

I pull hard swing it round

His head flies off

Bounces onto my chest

As someone calls my name

A whistle...

Signalling their retreat

Another round of dog tags