"Hi I’m Joseph Stalin and I nominate Leon Trotsky for the CCCP ice pick challenge!"
Here we dead lie because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, and we were young.
— A.E. Housman
And then they came, our own men, over the crest,
Bleeding and limping, babbling out their news:
'We've chased them miles ahead… They won't
Stand up and fight like us… They’re just in front’.
They led one who kept crying, ‘I could see
No one. Only green bushes and a hill’.
He would never see much again. Breathe. Rest.
Private Harley Matthews (Vintage of War p 13)