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Normandy

Coastline still studded with German guns

From seventy years ago

Where the Allies came ashore

As you read about in books

Normandy a country of farms

And stone fences

Now museums to DDay

In the midst of croissants

And ice cream sellers

Pointe du Hoc

Amazed me

The clifftop above the sea

Huge German guns in bunkers

Still present just back from the cliff

I don’t see how the soldiers could have climbed these cliffs

Under fire and tide pushing them flush against the rock

The way the sea falls off to depth

A few metres out

I don’t understand the physics

Of what they did

Nor do I understand the rest

The zone of death

The youthful death

The sweep of guns

Covering the beach for miles

The unspeakable blood

The unspoken distant voices

Heard through the chatter

Of tourist guides

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