A Diversion in Calais

It was intrepid Dunkirk as
our only solution to avoid
300,000 on-beach deaths
Enough then to refill every
C of E graveyard in Sussex
in rootish wooden crosses
but for our inexact convoy
of a minimum 30ft. vessels
as forgotten fighting men
died – a diversion in Calais
of given bodies and blood
for those withdrawn from
a bloodied slip of lost land

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