oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
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"Remorse," Sassoon

Remorse

Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit,
He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows
Each flash and spouting crash,--each instant lit
When gloom reveals the streaming rain. He goes
Heavily, blindly on. And, while he blunders,
"Could anything be worse than this?"--he wonders,
Remembering how he saw those Germans run,
Screaming for mercy among the stumps of trees:
Green-faced, they dodged and darted: there was one
Livid with terror, clutching at his knees...
Our chaps were sticking 'em like pigs..."O hell!"
He thought--"there's things in war one dare not tell
Poor father sitting safe at home, who reads
Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds."

--Siegfriend Sassoon



1. duck-boards--placed in the bottom of a trench, to walk on, to try and keep your feet dry.

2. Each flash and spouting crash,--each instant lit
When gloom reveals the streaming rain.
Shelling at night would light up the entire sky.

Tags: poetry, sassoon, wwi
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