Christmas Truce & one other by M. L. Brown

Christmas Truce

candles

on their trenches

small gifts        breathing

burial parties

both sides        dead together

both sides

gathered
call ed.
Source text: Wikipedia Entry for “Christmas Eve”, segment 5.1, Christmas Truce.

 

[Stille Nacht]

1914
candles on trenches    trees

two sides          shout Christmas
thereafter

war

 

Source text: Wikipedia Entry for “Christmas Eve”, segment 5.1, Christmas Truce.

M. L. Brown is the author of Drought, winner of the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award, forthcoming from jmww in the fall of 2015. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Blackbird, PMS, and Not Somewhere Else, But Here: a Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. Formerly a grass-roots organizer, M. L. Brown devotes her time, when not working on her poetry, to raising funds for a nonprofit health care clinic.