Soldiers, by Maxwell Bodenheim


The smile of one face is like a fierce mermaid
Floating dead in a little pale-brown pond.
The lips of one are twisted
To a hieroglyphic of silence.
The face of another is like a shining frog.
Another face is met by a question
That digs into it like sudden claws.
Beside it is a face like a mirror
In which a stiffened child dangles...   Dead soldiers, in a sprawling crescent,
Whose faces form a gravely mocking sentence. - Maxwell Bodenheim

Maxwell Bodenheim