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Poetry of Direct Personal Experience
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Night Bombers
Owen Chave 1943

Eastward they climb, black shapes against the grey

Of falling dusk, gone with the nodding day

From English fields.

Not theirs the sudden glow

Of triumph that their fighter-brothers know;

Only to fly through cloud, through storm, through Night

Unerring, and to keep their purpose bright,

Nor turn until, their dreadful duty done,

Westward they climb to race the awakened sun.


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