Ivor Gurney, "The Silent One"


The Silent One

Who died on the wires, and hung
there, one of two–
Who for his hours of life had
chattered through
Infinite lovely chatter of Bucks
accent:
Yet faced unbroken wires;
stepped over, and went
A noble fool, faithful to his stripes
–and ended.
But I weak, hungry, and willing
only for the chance
Of line–to fight in the line, lay
down under unbroken
Wires, and saw the flashes and
kept unshaken,
Till the politest voice–a finicking
accent, said:
‘Do you think you might crawl
through there: there’s a hole.’
Darkness, shot at: I smiled, as
politely replied–
‘I’m afraid not, Sir.’ There was no
hole no way to be seen
Nothing but chance of death, after
tearing of clothes.
Kept flat, and watched the
darkness, hearing bullets whizzing—-
And thought of music–and
swore deep heart’s oaths
(Polite to God) and retreated and
came on again,
Again retreated–a second time
faced the screen.

–Ivor Gurney

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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