unsure who to trust in extremity
a subtly perplexed tension
about his eyes and eyebrows
that stirs sympathy to make
your eyes smart and throat ache.
he has the persecuted downward glance
fixed on the boots that march toward him
a muscle in his cheek twitches minutely
as he flinches at orders barked into his face
schools his expression into neutral
and dampens any defiance in his
demeanour into acquiescence.
Image: Ludwig Trepte as Viktor Goldstein in Generation War