We stand together -
by David Abrahams
Men from an unlikely
combination of nations.
A silent gauntlet
shoulder to shoulder for a
burdened team of six
and the iron belly of the plane.
The music, slow and solemn,
precedes the passing pall.
Backs straight, bellies tight -
we salute the men who gave it all
to win the fight.
and as they pass - six steps that strain
together - more sincere than perfect -
up the ramp
These men have passed the mortal test.
We send them with respect to final rest.