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    dots Submission Name: 1914--1918dots

    Author: Algol46
    ASL Info:    200/m/East of Eden
    Elite Ratio:    2.72 - 1111/1235/613
    Words: 90
    Class/Type: Poetry/Misc
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       Hiram Maxim-- designed the frist successful machine gun, used by both sides in World War I with staggering success.

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    We held them in their trenches,
    Until the night came on.
    We dreamed of pretty wenches,
    Until the crimson dawn.

    Then all the guns went roaring,
    The awful thump, thump, thump,
    And then the rain was pouring,
    The trench became a sump.

    Up and out to no-manís land
    We walked as if to town,
    The Maxims spit and fanned
    As Jerry mowed us down.

    Now itís near to ninety years
    While none are left to show
    Oceans of twice bitter tears
    That made these grasses grow.

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      I used to be an avid hunter (still shoot lots, but don't hunt anymore), and am an expert shot and an expert with most types of weapons, to include military weapons. It's amazing, but the basic design of the Maxim gun has not been that much improved on with modern crew served automatic weapons. To be sure, we have automatic weapons with immensely higher firepower and with a drastically different design, but the workhorse browning machineguns that still do a lot of the down and dirty work for the infantry are not that much different.

    Your poem gives me chills to think of the terriffic destruction and casualties that occurred in World War I.
    | Posted on 2008-02-04 00:00:00 | by Ron Cole | [ Reply to This ]
      This is a tragically beautiful poem! World War I was a tragic war, and a big part of the tragedy was because common Infantry tactics were obsolete, and didn't take into account the mass destructive power of the machine gun, thus many more casualties developed than should have been!

    Outstanding story and poem, with your usual excellent skill with rhyming and structure!

    | Posted on 2008-02-01 00:00:00 | by Ron Cole | [ Reply to This ]

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