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Standing Army
© 2007, Roy Stucky

Keep them standing row on row -
Such eternal attention.
Rooted forest facing east -
In another dimension.

A standing army's dangerous -
Such a power temptation.
A standing army's dangerous -
To a peace on probation.

These stones,
Sentinels over the graves
Until the end of curfew
Shows what we needed to save.

The moss is in the crevice
Hiding from solar wind's bite.
Some trees have aimed their branches
To trap some soldierboy's light.

A standing army's dangerous -
Such a power temptation.
A standing army's dangerous -
To a peace on probation.

These stones,
Quarried and pulled from their homes
A rank and file of rescue,
Invert a land's good bones.