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Two men

 
 
The two men of age sat
 
With ice cream cones
 
That melted in the heat;
 
Each drip of luxury
 
Deliberately hung,
 
Heated and scorched,
 
Then scolding coldly
 
On a hand of history
 
August remained constantly pure
 
Blistering memories wide open
 
Their view of horizons widened
 
Across an azure blue-bathed vastness.
 
 
 
Yesterday the cauldron of battle,
 
In vineyards of Toledo
 
Of Catalonia :
 
Of Dust and time and land
 
Precious drops of reddened life
 
Seeped as wine in an
 
Iberian sun;
 
In Spain;
 
To scar an ancient earth.
 
 
 
The two men watched a sunset
 
Caress the shortening day
 
A gilded final stream of fading
 
Light strayed, illuminating
 
Their huddled figures:
 
They looked away.
By Steve Holloway.
The poem relates to the Spanish Civil War. Many ‘ordinary’ men and women from this country (and many other nations too) went to Spain to fight fascism between 1936 – 1939. It is the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the International Brigades in which many perished fighting Franco.
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