Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FOUR SONNETS: 2, by FRANK DAVIS ASHBURN

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FOUR SONNETS: 2, by            
First Line: They said that jimmy was the handsomest lad
Last Line: She dimly understood that jim was killed.
Subject(s): Death; War; Dead, The

They said that Jimmy was the handsomest lad
In all the witchery of the country side,
The good townspeople took unconcious pride
In his kindly smile and way of being glad.
The rest of the idyll is as old and sad
As love's own sadness.
A heroic ride,
A shot, a lurch, and gallant Jimmy died.
The papers said that the war news was bad.

A little maid stood waiting at the gate
When kind friends told her of her lover's story,
Her deep eyes brimming with the sting of fate,
And Jimmy's voice was more than Jimmy's glory.
Sometimes at night, when all the world was stilled,
She dimly understood that Jim was killed.

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