The Day Before the Battle of the Somme
Listen to Lynn Jenner read ‘The Day Before the Battle of the Somme‘
a Russian thought formed in my head
that if a war came I would cut
the index finger of his right hand off
so that he would be no use for fighting.
The part of me which visits
hospitals would do the cutting.
I wouldn’t care if he hated me
for what I did.
I might even be pleased.
By this time I knew that he was nearly
a man, and that if I didn’t cut his finger off
or shoot him in the foot, he would go.
Even if he was afraid.
Even if he thought it was pointless.
Now he is a man and I ask him
to carry my suitcase.
Listen to Lynn Jenner read ‘Women’s Business‘
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynn Jenner received the 2008 Adam Prize in Creative Writing, which is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Masters in Creative Writing programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters. The work published here is from her winning manuscript, Dear Sweet Harry.
‘The Day Before the Battle of the Somme’ is based on the story of film footage shot by the photographer Geoffrey Malins. A military activity, counting the living, is shown. ‘Women’s Business’ looks at some of love’s nastier obligations.