Chantilly's lace of words
adorned a million men
with war's black bands. After July
she got no letters from the front; even
the green calligraphy of trees was mute
foddering the feast of fire and gun;
just a telegram to say they both would know
how the moon delivers a thousand nights of snow.
posted for real toads
Notes: per wikipedia: The Battle of the Somme ...was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 ... It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
The French and British had committed themselves to an offensive on the Somme during Allied discussions at Chantilly, Oise, in December 1915
Images: public domain via wikimedia commons:
Somme, showing field kitchen [from an album of World War One-related photographs of William Okell Holden Dodds. Brigadier General of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914]
An abandoned German trench [in Delville Wood near Longueval, Somme, France during the Battle of the Somme, from the British Imperial War Museum collection, manipulated.]