Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A SOLDIER LISTENS, by JEAN STARR UNTERMEYER



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First Line: What was it came to distress you?
Last Line: Who from the clamoring dead?
Subject(s): Death; Pain; Soldiers; War; Dead, The; Suffering; Misery


What was it came to distress you?
Who from the restless dead?
As you sat in the slanting shadows
With a heavy head.

The music pressed in among us,
Almost too much—
You quivered and seemed to be startled
By a known touch.

Even when healing cadences
Reached out to you,
Your face looked broken in pieces,
Shot through and through.

As you sat in the slanting shadows
With a heavy head,
What was it came to distress you?
Who from the clamoring dead?





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