Dulce et Decorum Est
I saw war as a curiosity. Threw myself gladly into the first one, the Great War, seeing in the grim and determined eyes of young men something that I had once possessed.
That died in the gas and mud of the Western Front. I wondered if this was a preview of the Hell I desired (or, perhaps, deserved) while night and day blended in staccato bursts of white phosphor shells and incendiary tracer.
In northern France alone I wandered through His dark embrace more times than I can clearly recall. Cut down by machine guns, shattered by mortar fire, crushed alive in collapsing trenches. I rose, forced whole again, to take what few steps I could before another death took me.
In some vile way, I felt satisfaction. It was possible that I deserved it. That, somewhere in those blood-drenched, soul-heavy fields I cancelled some part of the punishment that had been decreed upon me for crimes forgotten.
They must have been heinous and many, I thought, while shells dropped and bullets ripped apart my flesh.
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