I stand now in a green field,
greener than any around it.
I stand now in a mass grave,
more drenched in blood than any quiet churchyard.
Touching the soil, my fingers catch
on the lip of a twisted belt buckle,
and the last moments of its owner illuminate my shadow,
their pain becoming my own,
as if centuries have not passed
and we are twins,
sharing the same blood, the same heart.
Flowers around me.
Cornflowers, daisies, Lady’s bedstraw.
Bones around me.
Long trampled and hidden, only ghosting up
to those who bother looking.
The long grass stains my hands as I pull at the blades,
thinking only of how other blades
drew out crimson:
a stain that would never wash out.