30/30 Poetry Challenge – WXW -Day 7

Into the Valley of Death

“The only road for an Englishman”*

lead to this grim plain
this salient point,
this Pryse* paid.

“We are making a new world” **

not a green valley yielding produce

but a sodden marshy plain.
charred fingers of murdered trees
reaching skyward to the burning sun.
*1914 Recruitment poster “The Only Road For an Englishman” for Underground Electric Railways Ltd by Gerald Spencer Pryse

** 1918 Painting “We Are Making a New World” by Paul Nash

see another response to the poetry prompt  here
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