What does “kilo-stones” mean as in “Will stretch like kilo-stones or cypresses”?
Lean your Bren against the white-washed wall
While peasants, laughing, thrust a grass-bound flask
Into your dusty hands. Smiling, bask
In their dark eyes' praise. Brief hero of them all,
Stretch your royal limbs, lean back and laugh:
You, whom last year's masters thought a fool
Have learnt from masters in another school
The meaning of a college cenotaph.
So light a fag, knock back a glass or two,
Look calmly on shell-torn terraces,
All last night's acre of especial hell;
And wonder if the years ahead of you
Will stretch like kilo-stones or cypresses
From eighteen on to eighty, or, the next shell.