Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wind (August)

So, when the wind changed in the willows in August 1914, the stoats and weasels signed up for the hellhole. Mole, ready for anything, leapt at underground tunneling; trenches had their sunny days. Rat was promoted to captain; copied out Palgrave’s Golden Treasury onto postcards home; took shrapnel and was shipped home. Mister Toad ordered everyone to attack, even as he hopped in the opposite direction; commandeered a tank that fell into a shell hole. Badger, too old, stayed home in his bed; when awake hoped his dear friends would see sense; tapped his moral compass fastened to the wall.
8 of 10: 'The Wind in the Willows', by Rachel Talalay (2006)

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