"Come On Come Back" - Stevie Smith
Incident in a future war
Left by the ebbing tide of battle
On the field of Austerlitz
The girl soldier Vaudevue sits
Her fingers tap the ground, she is alone.
At midnight in the moonlight she is sitting alone on a round flat stone.
Graded by the Memel Conference first
Of all human exterminators
Has left her just alive
Only her memory is dead forever more.
She fears and cries, Ah me why am I here?
Sitting alone on a round flat stone on a hummock there.
Rising ,staggering, over the ground she goes
Over the seeming miles of rutted meadow
To the margin of a lake
The sand beneath her feet
Is cold and damp and firm to the waves' beat.