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