Inscription on the Back of a Snapshot, 1915
Conditions are a little grim,
but what can one expect?
Our rations are…well, they are slim:
we use what we collect.
We get by on our wit and whim
but with all due respect,
in war it’s all just sink or swim.
May peace soon take effect.
Notes: Sepia Saturday posted this snapshot of some World War I soldiers cooking a meal out of a helmet. The field behind them is wasted and desolate. When you look at this photo, you are almost glad it is in black and white, and not color - although the starkness, by virtue of the lack of hues, is probably more powerful in the end.
The form is Hymnal Octave.