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Sport 10: Autumn 1993

Polygon Wood

page 101

Polygon Wood

(Polygon Wood gave its name
to the second of the three Banks of Ypres.
My grandfather survived it.)

'From tents on a plain
We were tempted out. To embark for this,
Not yet all mud.

'Mother, I am lost,
Am lost inside a map you enter through
A hole in a hedge.'

Soon winter will come and snow seem to repair
This medieval convent.

Because he is dad he is ready.

Because he is clad he deflects.

He will move forward untouched
Through all that is neutered and still.