image: People load the bodies of 56-year-old Ayad Saweydan and his wife Sanaa Tarik in the Taimim area of Ramadi Tuesday June 7, 2005. The couple were shot dead on their balcony during a combined US and Iraqi army raid Monday night according to their neighbors.(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, and European Tribune

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O What Is That Sound
by W. H. Auden

O what is that sound which so thrills the ear
    Down in the valley drumming, drumming?
Only the scarlet soldiers, dear,
   The soldiers coming.

O what is that light I see flashing so clear
    Over the distance brightly, brightly?
Only the sun on their weapons, dear,
    As they step lightly.

O what are they doing with all that gear,
    What are they doing this morning, this morning?
Only their usual manoeuvres, dear.
    Or perhaps a warning.

O why have they left the road down there,
    Why are they suddenly wheeling, wheeling?
Perhaps a change in their orders, dear.
    Why are you kneeling?

O haven’t they stopped for the doctor’s care,
    Haven’t they reined their horses, their horses?
Why, they are none of them wounded, dear.
    None of these forces.

O is it the parson they want, with white hair,
    Is it the parson, is it, is it?
No, they are passing his gateway, dear,
    Without a visit.

O it must be the farmer who lives so near.
    It must be the farmer so cunning, so cunning?
They have passed the farmyard already, dear,
    And now they are running.

O where are you going? Stay with me here!
    Were the vows you swore deceiving, deceiving?
No, I promised to love you, dear,
    But I must be leaving.

O it’s broken the lock and splintered the door,
    O it’s the gate where they’re turning, turning;
Their boots are heavy on the floor
    And their eyes are burning.

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