Conflict Poetry-Bayonet Charge

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Bayonet Charge

Suddenly he awoke and was running – raw

The soldier is in a vulnerable and confused state.
In raw-seamed hot khaki, his sweat heavy,

He's in uniform, can be pictured as a soldier.
Stumbling across a field of clods towards a green hedge
That dazzled with rifle fire, hearing

Confused at being faced with gun fire, shows inexperience.
Bullets smacking the belly out of the air –

Violent image describes the sound and impact of the bullets.
He lugged a rifle numb as a smashed arm;

His rifle seems useless, like a broken limb.
The patriotic tear that had brimmed in his eye

'Patriotic tear' suggests a contrast between ideals and reality.
Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest, –

Seems like he's saying that patriotism is irrational because it's never how you expect it to be.

In bewilderment then he almost stopped –

The soldier wonders why he's there, contemplating patriotism and its uses.
In what cold


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