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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946

Attack At Noon

Attack At Noon

The lizard lies tongue poised
On the twig's dull gold;
Settling, the butterfly's
Brown velvet wings fold.

The while noon sun burns dim;
No jungle birds sound,
Leaves heavy fall with heat
Down to the swamp ground.

Men wan and damp with sweat
In the green vines tense;
Life is utterly dead,
But the guns commence.

Alun Falconer.