Sand Sand is a lot like shrapnel: Weather reduces itself to ruin And the smallest pieces will Worm their way into your heart. The warscape is much like a desert: Drifting dunes of spent shell casings Avalanche as crabbing tanks Skid down the flanks. Shrapnel is a lot like sand: You can hold death in your hand. If you let it, it'll claim your vitality And then, you'll drift away into the vast.
Henry Shrapnel, British Army officer and inventor of the Shrapnel shell, died today in 1842.
Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author, was born today in 1941.