SQUAD POEMS

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Departmental

An ant on the tablecloth
Ran into a dormant moth
Of many times his size.
He showed not the least surprise.
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost
A Triumph Of Order.

A squad of regular infantry,
In the Commune's closing days,
Had captured a crowd of rebels
By the wall of Pere-la-Chaise.
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John Milton Hay
Lead Soldiers

The nursery fire burns brightly, crackling in cheerful little explosions
and trails of sparks up the back of the chimney. Miniature rockets
peppering the black bricks with golden stars, as though a gala
flamed a night of victorious wars.
.....
Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Conscripts

‘Fall in, that awkward squad, and strike no more
Attractive attitudes! Dress by the right!
The luminous rich colours that you wore
Have changed to hueless khaki in the night.
.....
Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
The Brigs Of Ayr, A Poem, Inscribed To J. Ballantyne, Esq., Ayr.

The simple Bard, rough at the rustic plough,
Learning his tuneful trade from ev'ry bough;
The chanting linnet, or the mellow thrush,
Hailing the setting sun, sweet, in the green thorn bush:
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
To James Smith.

"Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul!
Sweet'ner of life and solder of society!
I owe thee much!"

.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
A Background In Music

and not just twangy tunes that rhyme southern drawls
with guitar strings, though it's true i knew charlie pride
before charlie parker, but music, music, music, broadway
numbers (one! . . .) broadcast over speakers in the park,
.....

Evie Shockley
Epitaph On John Rankine

AE day, as Death, that gruesome carl,
Was driving to the tither warl'
A mixtie-maxtie motley squad,
And mony a guilt-bespotted ladâ??
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Hysteria

As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved
in her laughter and being part of it, until her
teeth were only accidental stars with a talent
for squad-drill. I was drawn in by short gasps,
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
The Trial

During his great speech the prosecutor
kept piercing me with his yellow index finger
I'm afraid I didn't appear self-assured
unintentionally I put on a mask of fear and depravity
.....

Zbigniew Herbert
One Day We Will Meet

Taken away before you knew
that I was there, that I grew.

Awaken with pain and struck with fear.
.....
Su-mari Hermann

Su-mari Hermann
Owd Roä(1)

NAÄY, noä mander (2) o' use to be callin' 'im Roä, Roä, Roä,
Fur the dog's stoän-deaf, an' e's blind, 'e can naither Stan' nor goä.

But I means fur to maäke 'is owd aäge as 'appy as iver I can,
.....
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Northern Cobbler

I.
WAÄIT till our Sally cooms in, fur thou mun a' sights1 to tell.
Eh, but I be maäin glad to seeä tha sa 'arty an' well.
'Cast awaäy on a disolut land wi' a vartical soon2!'
.....
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
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John Milton Hayes
Epistle To A Young Friend. - May, 1786.

I.

I lang hae thought, my youthfu' friend,
A something to have sent you,
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Verses To John Rankine.

Ae day, as Death, that grusome carl,
Was driving to the tither warl'
A mixtie-maxtie motley squad,
And mony a guilt-bespotted lad;
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Epistle To Major Logan.

Hail, thairm-inspirin', rattlin' Willie!
Though fortune's road be rough an' hilly
To every fiddling, rhyming billie,
We never heed,
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
In Hospital - Xxi - Romance

'Talk of pluck!' pursued the Sailor,
Set at euchre on his elbow,
'I was on the wharf at Charleston,
Just ashore from off the runner.
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William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
Don Juan - Canto The Seventh.

O Love! O Glory! what are ye who fly
Around us ever, rarely to alight?
There 's not a meteor in the polar sky
Of such transcendent and more fleeting flight.
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George Gordon Byron
General B.f. Butler

Thy flesh to earth, thy soul to God,
We gave, O gallant brother;
And o'er thy grave the awkward squad
Fired into one another!
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Ambrose Bierce
The Game

'Ho! the sky's as blue as blazes an' the sun is shinin' bright,
An' the dicky birds is singin' over'ead,
An' I'm 'ummin', softly 'ummin', w'ile I'm achin' fer a fight,
An' the chance to fill some blighter full of lead.
.....

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Macavity: The Mystery Cat

Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw-
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime-Macavity's not there!
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Wild With All Regrets

(Another version of “A Terre”.)

To Siegfried Sassoon

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen
The Ballad Of Lenin's Tomb

This is the yarn he told me
As we sat in Casey's Bar,
That Rooshun mug who scammed from the jug
In the Land of the Crimson Star;
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
The Enigma

The Sergeant of a Highland Reg-
-Iment was drilling of his men;
With temper notably on edge
He blest them every now and then.
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
Romance

‘Talk of pluck!' pursued the Sailor,
Set at euchre on his elbow,
‘I was on the wharf at Charleston,
Just ashore from off the runner.
.....
William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
A Triumph Of Order

A Squad of regular infantry
In the Commune's closing days,
Had captured a crowd of rebels
By the wall of Pere-la-Chaise.
.....
John Hay

John Hay
The 'eathen

The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own;
'E keeps 'is side-arms awful: 'e leaves 'em all about,
An' then comes up the regiment an' pokes the 'eathen out.
.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Enigma

The Sergeant of a Highland Reg-
-Iment was drilling of his men;
With temper notably on edge
He blest them every now and then.
.....

Robert William Service
Epistle To Major Logan

HAIL, thairm-inspirin', rattlin' Willie!
Tho' fortune's road be rough an' hilly
To every fiddling, rhyming billie,
We never heed,
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Epistle To A Young Friend

I lang hae thought, my youthfu' friend,
A something to have sent you,
Tho' it should serve nae ither end
Than just a kind momento:
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Jolly Beggars: A Cantata

e the bauckie-bird,
Bedim cauld Boreas' blast;
When hailstanes drive wi' bitter skyte,
And infant frosts begin to bite,
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Ballad Of Lenin's Tomb

This is the yarn he told me
As we sat in Casey's Bar,
That Rooshun mug who scammed from the jug
In the Land of the Crimson Star;
.....

Robert William Service
Conscripts

"Fall in, that awkward squad, and strike no more
"Attractive attitudes! Dress by the right!
"The luminous rich colours that you wore
"Have changed to hueless khaki in the night.
.....

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon
When Labouring To Break

Perhaps one is in prison -
fidgeting as time
draws to a close -
a scrap of house tunic
.....

Paul Cameron Brown
Wild With All Regrets

(Another version of "A Terre".)

To Siegfried Sassoon

.....

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen
Playing At Soldiers

"Who'll serve the King?"


What little urchin is there never
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
The Military Sandfly

The walls are warriously fortified
The military and paramilitary
Squad are strongly positioned,
The borders and fences are
.....
Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke

Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke
I N T H E N I G H T

In the night I see clouds squad
Moving from eastern to western
Dancing in the northern and southern
Passing their gazes to the earth
.....
Abubakar Muhammad Usman

Abubakar Muhammad Usman
Strange Land, Nigeria Ii

I know if it were unarmed youths
They'd have sent their killer squad
With bullets, tanks and bombs
Like invading marauders
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Emmanuel Inya Otu-nwachi

Emmanuel Inya Otu-nwachi