No Man’s Land

In the sodden mud
of no man’s land
a man is lashed to
a six foot post driven
deep into the soil.
Rope binds his knees
and ankles to the post,
manacles grip his wrists
back behind the post,
hiss head and shoulders
brace back against it.

Modern day crucifixion.

Field punishment number one.

Acrid smoke of
artillery fire drifts
beneath lowering clouds,
sniper shots ring out
a bag of flesh
and bones sags

drunkenly

sideways

downwards

lifeless.

In World War I conscientious objectors were
taken to the western front and roped to posts
for up to four hours at a time between the
battle lines.

Field punishment number one.

Previously posted August 2016.

No Man’s Land

4 thoughts on “No Man’s Land

    1. Very true. Among the TV programmes here screened about the centenary of the armistice in 1918 some of them mentioned that not all ordinary folk here agreed with the government sending men far away to fight Britain’s enemies. We had a population of about 1,000,000 in 1914, we sent 100,00 men away, whom we could not really spare. Over 18,000 were killed, and many of those who returned had PTSD or severe injuries. Respect for the mother country went to a very low ebb. But the government of the day – mostly upper classes – were very keen to curry favour with the UK government

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