IN FLANDERS FIELDS
Here the soil is most rank.
Even after all these years without dung
you would be able to raise a death leek here
to take on all markets.
The English veterans are getting scarce.
Every year they point to their yet scarcer friends:
Hill Sixty, Hill Sixty One, Poelkapelle.
In Flanders Fields the threshers
draw ever-decreasing circles round the twisting trenches
of hardened sandbags, the entrails of death.
The local butter
tastes of poppies.