By Clare Millar
156,000 wounded, gassed, taken prisoner
Preheat a war. Line countries with armies.
Combine Australia with its British obligations. Stir until men enlist, men want to enlist, men will do anything to enlist.
Roll out the guns, roll out the ammunition, roll out the men. Flatten lives until dying, leave until completely dead. Leave to cool for a few years, then add a nation creation myth to the mix.
Serve as ‘Lest we forget.’
But eat, and remember that how we tell stories
is not the truth of what happened.
And the biscuits we eat now
are not the biscuits that were sent to war.
Image by Hoshino Ai.