The field was deserted, like a wasteland:
How much longer before victory?
The fallen are flogged with peace lilies:
Flogged by anger;
Flogged by hate;
Flogged by duty;
Flogged by power.
They kneel before the God of War:
Laughing in contempt;
Laughing in pity;
Laughing in victory;
Laughing in defeat.
Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer, was born on this day in 1828.
William the Conqueror, English king, died on this day in 1087.