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Sassoon, Siegfried    Poet's Biography
145 poems available by this author


A CHILD'S PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: For morn, my dome of blue
Last Line: And guard my innocence for evermore.
Subject(s): Prayer; Soldiers' Writings


A LETTER HOME (TO ROBERT GRAVES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I'm sitting in the gloom
Last Line: While we know such dreams are true!
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


A MYSTIC AS SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived my days apart
Last Line: When will you sound again?
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


A POPLAR AND THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: There stood a poplar, tall and straight
Last Line: The stars and lilies I could see.
Subject(s): Nature; Soldiers' Writings


A SUBALTERN    Poem Text    
First Line: He turned to me with his kind, sleepy gaze
Last Line: Wondering 'why he always talked such tripe'.
Subject(s): Soldiers; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


A WANDERER    Poem Text    
First Line: When watkin shifts the burden of his cares
Last Line: Up the green world he wanders like a king.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


A WHISPERED TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd heard fool heroes brag of where they'd been
Last Line: Sour jokes for all those horrors left behind.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


A WORKING PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Three hours ago he blundered up the trench
Last Line: His startled life with lead, and all went out.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


ABSOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes
Last Line: What need we more, my comrades and my brothers?
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


AFTERMATH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Have you forgotten yet?
Last Line: Never forget.
Subject(s): Veterans Day; World War I; First World War


ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've listened: and all the sounds I heard
Last Line: I've thought!' -- and darkness hides my day.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


AN OLD FRENCH POET    Poem Text    
First Line: When in your sober mood my body have ye laid
Last Line: Or wheresoever, following death, my feet have strayed.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Soldiers' Writings


ANCESTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold these jewelled, merchant ancestors
Last Line: Put forth, and fade across the whispering sea.
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; Soldiers' Writings


ANCIENT HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam, a brown old vulture in the rain
Last Line: The gaunt wild man whose lovely sons were dead.
Subject(s): Abel; Adam & Eve; Bible; Cain; Religion; Soldiers; Theology


ARCADY UNHEEDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Shepherds go whistling on their way
Last Line: Nor blossoms red and white on every tree.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


ARMS AND THE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Young croesus went to pay his call
Last Line: Will captain croesus come this way?'
Subject(s): Soldiers; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


AT CARNOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Down in the hollow there's the whole brigade
Last Line: To take some cursed wood ... O world god made!
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


AT DAYBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: I listen for him through the rain
Last Line: Abides with me until to-morrow.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Soldiers' Writings


ATTACK    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
Last Line: Flounders in mud. O jesus, make it stop!
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: October's bellowing anger breaks and cleaves
Last Line: The burden of your wrongs is on my head.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Fall; First World War


BANISHMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am banished from the patient men who fight
Last Line: And in their tortured eyes I stand forgiven.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


BASE DETAILS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath
Last Line: I'd toddle safely home and die -- in bed.
Subject(s): Hypocrisy; Soldiers' Writings; Villains In Literature; World War I; First World War


BATTALION-RELIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Fall in! Now get a move on!' (curse the rain)
Last Line: And tell me, have we won this war or not?'
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BEFORE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Come in this hour to set my spirit free
Last Line: Hungered for what my heart shall never say.
Subject(s): Religion; Soldiers' Writings; Theology


BEFORE THE BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Music of whispering trees
Last Line: O river of stars and shadows, lead me through the night.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


BLIGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The house is crammed: tier upon tier they grin
Last Line: To mock the riddled corpses round bapaume.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: His headstrong thoughts that once in anger strife
Last Line: Gropes with his staff along the rumbling city.
Subject(s): Blindness; Soldiers' Writings; Visually Handicapped


BREAK OF DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There seemed a smell of autumn in the air
Last Line: Hark! There's the horn: they're drawing the big wood.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


BUTTERFLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Frail travellers, deftly flickering over the flowers
Last Line: To know but this, the phantom glare of day.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


COMPANIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leave not your bough, my slender song bird sweet
Last Line: Then both took wing, and the sun stepped forth in glory.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


CONCERT PARTY (EGYPTIAN BASE CAMP)    Poem Text    
First Line: They are gathering around
Last Line: Silent, they drift away, over the glimmering sand.
Subject(s): Egypt; World War I; First World War


CONSCRIPTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fall in, that awdward squad, and strike no more
Last Line: And marched resplendent home with crowns and stars.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


COUNTER-ATTACK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We'd gained our first objective hours before
Last Line: Bleeding to death. The counter-attack had failed.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


DAVID CLEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot think that death will press his claim
Last Line: To everlasting golf consigns your soul.
Subject(s): Golf; Soldiers' Writings; Sports


DAYBREAK IN A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the farm cocks crowing, loud, and faint, and thin
Last Line: And touched the nodding peony-flowers to bid them waken.
Subject(s): Morning; Soldiers' Writings


DEAD MUSICIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: From you, beethoven, bach, mozart
Last Line: They're dead ... For god's sake stop that gramophone.
Subject(s): Germany; Music & Musicians; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Germans; First World War


DEVOTION TO DUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was near the king that day. I saw him snatch
Last Line: This wife how her heroic husband fell.'
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


DIED OF WOUNDS    Poem Text    
First Line: His wet white face and miserable eyes
Last Line: And some slight wound lay smiling on the bed.
Subject(s): Mourning; Soldiers; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Bereavement; First World War


DOES IT MATTER - LOSING YOUR LEGS?       


DREAM-FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Where sunshine flecks the green
Last Line: The tangled thickets lonely.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


DREAMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land
Last Line: And going to the office in the train.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


DRYADS    Poem Text    
First Line: When meadows are grey with the morn
Last Line: Whisper, and hide, and are still.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


EARLY CHRONOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly the daylight left our listening faces
Last Line: I thought she had a pre-dynastic look.
Subject(s): Archeology; Teaching & Teachers


EDITORIAL IMPRESSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: He seemed so certain 'all was going well'
Last Line: Ah, yes, but it's the press that leads the way!'
Subject(s): Newspapers; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Journalism; Journalists; First World War


ELEGY; TO ROBERT ROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your dextrous wit will haunt us long
Last Line: O heart of hearts! ... O friend of friends!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ENEMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood alone in some queer sunless place
Last Line: Because his face could make them understand.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


EVERYONE SANG    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone suddenly burst out singing
Last Line: Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
Subject(s): Holidays; Life Change Events; Veterans Day; War; World War I; First World War


FALLING ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Voices moving about in the quiet house
Last Line: I've known; all fading past me into peace.
Subject(s): Sleep


FANCY DRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some brave, awake in you to-night
Last Line: In heavens where tomahawks are barred.


FIGHT TO A FINISH    Poem Text    
First Line: The boys came back. Bands played and flags were flying
Last Line: To clear those junkers out of parliament.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: She triumphs, in the vivid green
Last Line: Voices of victory and delight.
Subject(s): France; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


GLORY OF WOMEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: You love us when we're heroes, home on leave
Last Line: His face is trodden deeper in the mud.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; Women; World War I; First World War


GOBLIN REVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: In gold and grey, with fleering looks of sin
Last Line: That sinks beyond the marshes loud with frogs.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


GOLGOTHA    Poem Text    
First Line: Through darkness curves a spume of falling flares
Last Line: But the brown rats, the nimble scavengers.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


HAUNTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening was in the wood, louring with storm
Last Line: And at his heart the strangling clasp of death.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


HOW TO DIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark clouds are smouldering into red
Last Line: With due regard for decent taste.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


I STOOD WITH THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I stood with the dead, so forsaken and still
Last Line: Fall in!' I shouted; 'fall in for your pay!'
Subject(s): Army Life; World War I; Drills & Minor Tactics; First World War


IDYLL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the grey summer garden I shall find you
Last Line: Joy in the world, and peace, and dawn's one star.


IN BARRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The barrack-square, washed clean with rain
Last Line: Another night; another day.'
Subject(s): Army Life; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Drills & Minor Tactics; First World War


IN THE PINK'    Poem Text    
First Line: So davies wrote: 'this leaves me in the pink'
Last Line: And still the war goes on -- he don't know why.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Come down from heaven to meet me when my breath
Last Line: And stillness from the pools of paradise.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


JOY-BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ring your sweet bells; but let them be farewells
Last Line: Shoulder to shoulder with the motor-bus.
Subject(s): Bells; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


LAMENTATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I found him in the guard-room at the base
Last Line: Such men have lost all patriotic feeling.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; War; World War I; First World War


LIMITATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you could crowd them into forty lines
Last Line: And there'll be forty lines not yet begun.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MEMORIAL TABLET (GREAT WAR, 1918)    Poem Text    
First Line: Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight
Last Line: What greater glory could a man desire?
Subject(s): Mourning; World War I; Bereavement; First World War


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young my heart and head were light
Last Line: And silence; and the faces of my friends.
Subject(s): Nature; World War I; First World War


MIDDLE-AGES    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard a clash, and a cry
Last Line: And the moon sank red.


MIRACLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt I saw a huge grey boat in silence streaming
Last Line: And when I woke I wondered where on earth I'd been.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


MORNING EXPRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the windswept platform, pinched and white
Last Line: Who sped them stand to wave a last farewell.
Subject(s): Railroads; Soldiers' Writings; Railways; Trains


MORNING GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In this meadow starred with spring
Last Line: Sleeps below the crimson thorn.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


MORNING-LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Old english songs, you bring to me
Last Line: Clattering about the dairy floor.
Subject(s): Morning; Soldiers' Writings


NIGHT ON THE CONVOY, ALEXANDRIA - MARSEILLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Out in the blustering darkness, on the deck
Last Line: We are going home ... Victims ... Three thousand souls.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Navy - Great Britain; World War I; English Navy; First World War


NIGHT-PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye hooded witches, baleful shapes that moan
Last Line: Stirs to the voice of everlasting sleep.
Subject(s): Night; Soldiers' Writings; Bedtime


NIMROD IN SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: When half the drowsy world's a-bed
Last Line: Huge clamour in the sultry brakes.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


NOAH    Poem Text    
First Line: When old noah stared across the floods
Last Line: Earth was saved; and noah danced a jig.
Subject(s): Noah (Bible); Soldiers' Writings


OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the land a faint blue veil of mist
Last Line: Whereof ye nevermore shall be possessed.
Subject(s): October; Soldiers' Writings


ON PASSING THE NEW MENIN GATE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Who will remember, passing through this gate
Last Line: Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ON READING THE WAR DIARY OF A DEFUNCT AMBASSADOR    Poem Text    
First Line: So that's your diary - that's your private mind
Last Line: That once kept europe safe for perpetuity.
Subject(s): Diaries; Diplomacy And Diplomats; Freedom; Peace; Veterans Day; Liberty


PARTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleepless I listen to the surge and drone
Last Line: For when I find in you my love's release.
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Separation; Isolation


PICTURE-SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: And still they come and go: and this is all I know
Last Line: And life is just the picture dancing on a screen.
Subject(s): Life


PRELUDE TO AN UNWRITTEN MASTERPIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: You like my bird sung gardens: wings and flowers
Last Line: Why can't you cut it short, you pompous blighter?'


RECONCILIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When you are standing at your hero's grave
Last Line: The mothers of the men who killed your son.
Subject(s): Mothers; World War I; First World War


REMORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit
Last Line: Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds.'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


REPRESSION OF WAR EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now light the candles; one; two; there's a moth
Last Line: I'm going stark, staring mad because of the guns.
Subject(s): Science; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Scientists; First World War


SECRET MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I keep such music in my brain
Last Line: And music dawned above despair.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


SICK LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I'm asleep, dreaming and lulled and warm
Last Line: Are they not still your brothers through our blood?'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


SLUMBER SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep; and my song shall build about your bed
Last Line: And roses in the darkness; and my love.
Subject(s): Sleep


SONG-BOOKS OF THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In fifty years, when peace outshines
Last Line: And lived in time to share the fun.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


SOUTH WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where have you been, south wind, this may-day morning
Last Line: When you stole to me shyly with scent of hawthorn.
Subject(s): Environment; Soldiers' Writings; Trees; Wind; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


STAND-TO: GOOD FRIDAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd been on duty from two till four
Last Line: And get my bloody old sins washed white!
Subject(s): Army Life; Good Friday; Holidays; Holy Week; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Drills & Minor Tactics; First World War


STORM AND SUNLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In barns we crouch, and under stacks of straw
Last Line: And share his benediction with the flowers.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


STORM ON FIFTH AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: A sallow waiter brings me six huge oysters
Last Line: O babylon! O carthage! O new york!
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


STRETCHER CASE    Poem Text    
First Line: He woke; the clank and racket of the train
Last Line: Lung tonic, mustard, liver pills and beer.
Variant Title(s): Blighty
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


SUICIDE IN THE TRENCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew a simple soldier boy
Last Line: The hell where youth and laughter go.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


SURVIVORS    Poem Text    
First Line: No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Last Line: Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE CHORAL UNION    Poem Text    
First Line: He staggered in from night and frost and fog
Last Line: He wondered when lord god would turn him out.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE DARK HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk in the rain-soaked garden
Last Line: Of the passion-plighted man.


THE DEATH-BED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: He drowsed and was aware of silence heaped
Last Line: Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE DRAGON AND THE UNDYING    Poem Text    
First Line: All night the flares go up; the dragon sings
Last Line: To hail the burning heavens they left unsung.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight and dew-drenched blossom, and the scent
Last Line: To the foul beast of war that bludgeons life.
Subject(s): Science; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Scientists; First World War


THE DUG-OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled
Last Line: And when you sleep you remind me of the dead.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE EFFECT    Poem Text    
First Line: He'd never seen so many dead before
Last Line: Who'll buy my nice fresh corpses, two a penny?'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE FATHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snug at the club two fathers sat
Last Line: These impotent old friends of mine.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE GENERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Good-morning: good-morning!' the general said
Last Line: But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
Subject(s): Generals; Hate; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE GOLDSMITH    Poem Text    
First Line: This job's the best I've done. He bent his head
Last Line: A girl was selling flowers along the street.
Subject(s): Crete; Gold


THE HAWTHORN TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not much to me is yonder lane
Last Line: Until I've heard he's dead.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE HEART'S JOURNEY: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: When I'm alone' - the words tripped off his tongue
Last Line: And all but inmost faith is overthrown.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


THE HEART'S JOURNEY: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: You were glad tonight: and now you've gone away
Last Line: Recall you to these arms that were your home.
Variant Title(s): Lovers
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Separation; Isolation


THE HERITAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cry out on time that he may take away
Last Line: Not we, but others, hear the bird that sings.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


THE HERO    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the mother said
Last Line: Except that lonely woman with white hair.
Subject(s): Mothers; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE IMPERFECT LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I never asked you to be perfect, did I?
Last Line: Unvanquished in my atmosphere of devils.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


THE INVESTITURE    Poem Text    
First Line: God with a roll of honour in his hand
Last Line: You roam forlorn along the streets of gold.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: To these I turn, in these I trust
Last Line: Quail from your downward darting kiss.
Subject(s): Kisses; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE LAST MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the night was falling warm and still
Last Line: And youth, that dying, touched my lips to song.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE ONE-LEGGED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Propped up on a stick he viewed the august weald
Last Line: And thought: 'thank god they had to amputate!'
Subject(s): Amputees; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE REAR-GUARD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Groping along the tunnel, step by step
Last Line: Unloading hell behind him step by step.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE REDEEMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness: the rain sluiced down; the mire was deep
Last Line: Mumbling: 'o christ almighty, now I'm stuck!'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The road is thronged with women: soldiers pass
Last Line: The road would serve you well enough for bed.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE TOMBSTONE-MAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: He primmed his loose red mouth and leaned his head
Last Line: O sir, that christian souls should come to that!'
Subject(s): Graves; Mourning; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Tombs; Tombstones; Bereavement; First World War


THE TROOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dim, gradual thinning of the shapeless gloom
Last Line: The legions who have suffered and are dust.
Variant Title(s): Prelude: The Troops
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THEIR FRAILTY    Poem Text    
First Line: He's got a blighty wound. He's safe; and then
Last Line: So long as he's all right.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


THEY'    Poem Text    
First Line: The bishop tells us: 'when the boys come back'
Last Line: And the bishop said: 'the ways of god are strange!'
Subject(s): Religion; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Theology; First World War


THRUSHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tossed on the glittering air they soar and skim
Last Line: And storms the gate of nothingness for proof.
Subject(s): Birds; Soldiers' Writings; Thrushes; World War I; First World War


TO A CHILDLESS WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You think I cannot understand. Ah, but I do
Last Line: And you must pray for me before you fall asleep.
Subject(s): Childlessness


TO A VERY WISE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fires in the dark you build; tall quivering flames
Last Line: You soar ... Is death so bad? ... I wish you'd say.


TO ANY DEAD OFFICER    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, how are things in heaven? I wish you'd say
Last Line: I wish they'd killed you in a decent show.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TO HIS DEAD BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: When roaring gloom surged inward and you cried
Last Line: Dear, red-faced father god who lit your mind.
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Dead, The; Bereavement; First World War


TO LEONIDE MASSINE IN 'CLEOPATRA'    Poem Text    
First Line: O beauty doomed and perfect for an hour
Last Line: Be still; you have drained the cup; you have played your part.
Subject(s): Ballet; Dancing & Dancers; Massine, Leonide (1896-1979); World War I; First World War


TO MY BROTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me your hand, my brother, search my face
Last Line: And through your victory I shall win the light.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TO VICTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Return to greet me, colours that were my joy
Last Line: When the blithe wind laughs on the hills with uplifted voice.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TO-DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is to-day, a child in white and blue
Last Line: May thrill the lonely silences with song.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Splashing along the boggy woods all day
Last Line: But at the stable-door he'll say good-night.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TREE AND SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Let my soul, a shining tree
Last Line: On shafts of glory to the ecstasies they know.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


TRENCH DUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Shaken from sleep, and numbed and scarce awake
Last Line: Blank stars. I'm wide-awake; and some chap's dead.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TWELVE MONTHS AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hullo! Here's my platoon, the lot I had last year
Last Line: That's where they are to-day, knocked over to a man.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


TWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Trudging by corbie ridge one winter's night
Last Line: Who came to fight in france and got their fill.'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


VILLON    Poem Text    
First Line: They threw me from the gates: my matted hair
Last Line: He hath put by as though they had not been.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; Villon, Francois (1431-1463)


VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: I love all things that pass: their briefness is
Last Line: O beauty, born of lovely things that die!'
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


WHAT THE CAPTAIN SAID AT THE POINT-TO-POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: I've had a good bump round, my little horse
Last Line: And anyhow I've had a good bump round.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


WHEN I'M AMONG A BLAZE OF LIGHTS       


WIND IN THE BEECHWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The glorying forest shakes and swings with glancing
Last Line: Moves with the chant and whisper of the glade.
Subject(s): Forests; Soldiers' Writings; Wind; Woods


WIRERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pass it along, the wiring party's going out
Last Line: But we can say the front-line wire's been safely mended.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: When wisdom tells me that the world's a speck
Last Line: Alone with upward song, alone with light!'
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


WONDERMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Then a wind blew
Last Line: To light the ways they went.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


WRAITHS    Poem Text    
First Line: They know not the green leaves
Last Line: Gropes on the shutter'd pane!)