Harold Macdonald's Muse


May, 1917


Harold Macdonald

Assume there is a greater good thatís holding sway

but do not ask for details lest you learn

an ugly truth, itís really not your turn;

the French in 1917 have lost the day,


have botched the second battle of Arras

and need your life to cover their defeat

divert the enemy while they themselves retreat

so you are sacrificed, alas, alas!


Now up and over to your certain death you go!

You didnít even make it up before

you are asleep for evermore

and for greater good you never felt the blow


Too insignificant your death to be remembered;

not until a million more are mindlessly dismembered.