Subject: Imbued With Spirit
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Tues June 22, 1999 at 11:17PM

Imbued with Spirit


On this date in nineteen hundred and forty
As British planes bombed German factories
France signed a treaty with the Third Reich
Essentially, turning over all left of its might

Allowing absorption of the country and its people
Into a greater gathering dominated by body lethal
A strong-arming - engineered by Nazi overseers ...
Who clearly were multi-faced, and brutal puppeteers

Announcing on a railway coach car in Compiegne
Huntziger protested he was signing under strain
But hoped Germany would be imbued with spirit
Enabling both their nations to be at peace with it

And Keitel acknowledged Huntziger's declaration
By making reference to the fact they were nations ...
At war ... and that there was honor to be bestowed
Upon the vanquished ... a phrase spoken quite low

Looking back ... with absolute awe, on this reflection
It is incomprehensible today why these confections
Were not seen then as just so much cotton candy
Sweet to taste, but a mass of colored hot air, dandy

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
8:50pm Tuesday, June 22nd, 1999

The Plenipotentiaries:

For France:
General Charles Huntziger (a German born in Alsace)
Also present: Admiral Maurice Leluc, Leon Noel, and
Air General Jean Marie Bergeret.

For Germany:
Colonel General Wilhelm Keitel
Also present: General Jodl, General von Tippelskirch
and Dr. Paul Schmidt (Foreign Office interpreter)