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The Reluctant Soldier: XIII

The Reluctant Soldier: XIII

Posted February 11th, 2017 by Gracithe1andonly

by *Snow* Songs in the Night
in wardly searching

 

Unus:

If I thought it would salve or solve anything,

I would raise my skilled, unpracticed voice and sing,

Songs of comfort and joy and hope and goodwill,

But it will not help.

 

Duo:

I wonder still why all contingents have not

Been shipped to and deployed on Canalope,

Which is the apple of the King’s eye. I guess

Home still needs defense.

 

Tres:

I have seen breathtaking things in this last year,

More than I care to recount; awesome wonders,

And awful; of this latter, horrible sort,

I have seen too much.

 

Quattor:

A reflection I am ill-acquainted with

Which has the pale skin and black hair of my kin,

And eyes full of glimmering thoughts and veiled rage

Stares starkly at me.

 

Quinque:

It is beyond my scope to say whether one,

Or any man at all, will survive this day.

Do not then look at me, Dokigon my friend,

As if I know all.

 

VI:

It is a quiet night for once in the camp,

And in the wooden pavilion we built

Each mulls over his own as mulled wine is sipped,

Warming our cold hearts.

 

Septem:

A ludicrous battle is shown on the map;

The tiny islands, Canalope, and this,

This all-engulfing empire of Hympala

Challenge each other.

 

 


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