it was delicate and very small
and mostly bone
and the arm
stuck out of the earth, there long alone
it wore a glove
had worn a glove

whiff of the cavalry
Europe at peace

the leather glove
the leather
fingers raised and curved with an affect
the officer
amazed
pleaded squeamishness and pinched his leg
to kill a fly
to kill a fly

stink of the cavalry
Europe at Peace

Based on an August 1918 letter from Duff Cooper to his wife, found in Voices from the Great War by Peter Vansittart. Music by Grant Valdes. Guitar, organ & voice - Grant Valdes.