Waterloo

Two and a half miles square ,
five hundred Guns ;
the Black ,the Red ,the White,the Blue ,
sixty thousand Horses ;
bloodied ,torn and tattered ,
two hundred thousand Men ;
gouged by grapeshot ,gored by bayonet ,
fifty-five thousand killed or wounded ;
Their calvaries caused one-fifth from cannon-fire
one-fifth slashes from sabres ,
three-fifths due to small arms fire ;
Amid the visceral deluge ,
one hundred and eighty field surgeons
cut flesh with large capital amputation knives ,
divided bone with a saw
then tied off individually all the arteries ,
all in a few minutes,fifteen at most ;
Eager to forestall the inevitability of gangrene ,
innumerably they waited in line ,
some assuaged by small doses of cordial of spirits and water ,
and if lucky some opium or laudanum ;
though often ragged Redcoated Hector and Achilles
gouged by grapeshot ,gored by bayonet ,
fainted from the sights of that Abattoir ;
Two and a half miles square ,
fifty-five thousand men
tattered ,torn and bloodied and
flesh cut with large capital amputation knives.

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