How to Kill a Soldier

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A Poem

a fleeting glance with haughty eyes
   upon sacred cleansing no surprise
   in battle but safe, now summ’nd
please go home and be a husband

duty bound, with you i will remain
   brothers not yet free from pain
   in battle not safe, now summ’nd,
someone’ll go and be a husband


This was loosely based around King David when he committed adultery with Bathsheba who consequently became pregnant. After learning this, David tried to cover his sin and eventually arranged for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to be killed in battle. (2 Samuel 11:1–12:9)

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