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Sarracino, Carmine, 1944- / The heart of war
(2004)

The old soldiers,   pp. 37-39


Page 39


Long and long each looked
at the other line of old soldiers.
At the signal to fire.
nothing.
Silence.
No one moved.
Wind ruffled their battle flags,
fluttered the streamers.
They looked at each other.
Not one moved.
Then someone dropped his rifle.
Then another and another.
Then all rifles together fell.
On stiff, faltering legs the blue and gray lines closed.
They embraced, the old soldiers, brothers hugging brothers.
This last time-they laughed and wept-
we damn well got it right this last chance time!
39


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