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					The Armies of the Moon

Many as the troubles upon the old moon are,
The worst is its unending Civil War.

The soldiers of the Moon-Dark are round and small.
Each clanks like a tank, blue armour covering all.
He wears asbestos overalls under his clatter
So if he’s thrown to the volcanoes, it doesn’t matter.
His weapon is a sackful of blood-sucking vampires
(Wars on the moon are without rules or umpires).
He flings these bats one at a time into the enemy host.
When it returns full he sends it to the first aid post
Where is gives up the blood for transfusions later in the battle.
The it flies back to its owner with renewed mettle.

The soldiers of the Moon-Light are tall and thin.
They seem glisteniningly naked , but are in fact silvered with tin.
They are defensive fighters, but pretty hot –
Their armament is an electric torch and a lobster pot.
They flash their beam into the vampire’s eyes and so puzzle it.
Then cram the lobsterpot on to its head, and so muzzle it.
They long for the last great battle in which they will catch
Every vampire the Moon-Darkers have been able to hatch.
Then they will rush upon the helpless Moon-Darkers and soon
With knitting needles abolish then forever from the face of the moon.


From ‘Moon Whales’
Ted Hughes

				
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