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This black and white likeness from a long-forgotten war,

Found amongst the sparse possessions of a fallen soldier,

whose untimely death added to the shameful score.


Mother, sister, wife or lover no one will ever know,

What tears of anguish fell,

When news arrived of a loved one,

Now in the earth below.


One can only hope

Time healed the painful wound,

And this woman learned to smile,

And accept her sorry tune.


By John McCausland