T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

 

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The kick-start, roar and rev take me away,

out of the gates of my Clouds Hill retreat

and onto far-too-narrow Dorset roads,

across M.o.D. land and past startled

Sika deer. A stag with Viking antlers

stares boldly with patient annoyance. Then

onward! Up the graded hill, on the side

of which stalled tanks sprawl slewed in mud, rusting

on their ferocious tracks in holed armour –

a violent shabbiness. Hurtling signs warn

of SUDDEN GUNFIRE, but I feel no fear

for I was forged in furnace fire. Besides,

this today’s not the today of my death.

The kick-start, roar and rev take me away.

 

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T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

© R J Dent (2004)

 

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