This work is based on actual events. I have wordsmithed two such events into one work. As all of my WW1, works are based upon true events.


WE SLIVERED LIKE WORMS! (WORLD WAR ONE)(Now With Addishans)

As we emerged out of our trench
At first no machine-guns - no rifles - no shells - exploding amongst us!
We were about - mid way to the German trenches
When - all hell were let loose - machine-guns - rifles - shells!
All round me - men fell - some without a sound - '' I've, been hit! '' ; '' Oh fook it! ''
Said one - just in front of me
Another - a sliver of a shell - white hot - scooped his face off - as if like it were butter!
He - turned - around - AND - walked - BACK TO OUR TRENCH!
And strangely - HE WERE TO LIVE! - Made it back to - Blighty!

Bullets - well like deadly bats out of - THAT HELL! As like - BEES!
Beasts of the hell of battle!
BUZZ BUZZ - CRACK CRACK! Sounds the madness of - battle
Flew all around us - we had little hope - in that hell
An authoritative - voice rang - out - like thunder!
'' BACK LADS - ON YOUR BELLIES - SLIVER LIKE WORMS - SLIVER YOUR WAY BACK - TO THE TRENCH '' ; '' IT'S THE ONLY WAY BOYOS! '' ; gave us hope -
Our only hope - of not feeding the worms - so we slivered - our lifes -
DID DEPEND!

We lads did not need a second order!
On to our bellies we soon were!
Then as worms we slivered - over our dead and our wounded - we breathing in their very last breaths!
Our hands - sticky with their blood - a few asked - begged of us - for help!
Then as selfish as we had to be - self preservation prevailed!
Bullets - overhead - hitting the ground we crawled over our blokes as we went!
Dirt and shit - hit me in the face - I grabbed the dirt - made myself more like a worm!
It took us an age to get back to our trench - one by one we slivered - dropping in
Back in to our trench!
Including - somehow the bloke - now without a face - no one knew how he made it back!

ken d williams

The Dyslexic Wordsmith




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Written on 2018-11-22 at 12:05

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Bibek
Reminds me of 'Break of Dawn at Trenches' by Issac Rosenberg. Interesting work about the horrors and atrocities of war, Ken.

Bibek
2018-11-22