Christina A. Sharik

IN THE ARGONNE FOREST…

American soldiers in the Argonne Forest during World War One: 1918
American soldiers in the Argonne Forest during World War One: 1918
In the Argonne Forest
the soldiers watch and wait
while the cold wind blows and
still it snows,
and Spring
is coming late…

In the Argonne Forest,
men try to still their fear
while the enemy tramps
over frozen ground;
their boots making a crunchy sound
till their faces become
clear.

Deep in wartime France,
in the forest called Argonne,
grandfather fought in trenches,
and when they could
no longer fight
they simply carried on…

Deep in the Argonne Forest
the soldiers watch and wait
while the cold wind blows and
still it snows,
and Spring
is coming late…

Author’s Note: In memory of my maternal grandfather, Henry Albert Moore, who served during WWI in France and in the Meuse-Argonne Battles