Subject: The Great Diminisher
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon May 31, 1999 at 7:24PM

World War II

At the end of the six years of World War Two
Seventy-five million persons had died ... of whom
Twenty million were Russians - clearly the most
But forty-four million Allies also gave up the ghost

As well as eleven million from the Axis powers ...
Germany, Italy, Japan ... all shrunk, by the hour
But China also lost some thirteen and a half million
Making it second after Russia - to be diminished ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
6:10pm Memorial Day, '99