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Late Junction

Deserters

It is honourable to give shelter to men who will no longer fight let them burrow in their hay like maggots crawled out of the war

slip out in the late morning with a blanket and a pack

We shall shelter them one night Let them go lightly There is no place not in the wooded valleys not in the sweltering farms

Sons of another province neither triumphant nor disgraced they have no place here We cannot feed them We offer wine cheese ham provincial delicacies We cannot feed them Let them remember we sympathised risked much They cannot stay

Let them seek waterfalls follow sheep across thin turf Let them go up sleep between stones a dung fire the high tarn a shard of splintered sky before the snows come

If we should see fire at night on the high ridges we will not speak of it

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