Unburied Life


He wrote about armies

Fighting at midnight

Unable to tell friend from foe

Because of darkness

Sound familiar?

It might as well

When we fight, we own new

Ignorance of combatants

One human to another

Well, we can tell, someone will say

We have technology

But protocols and fail-safes fail

And that’s not what I mean

I speak to you and me

Wondering about our chances

When we go up

Against each other


C L Couch



“Dover Beach” and “The Buried Life” are poems by Matthew Arnold, British social critic of the nineteenth century.


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