oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen
oracne

Read, "The Happy Warrior"

The Happy Warrior

His wild heart beats with painful sobs,
His strin'd hands clench an ice-cold rifle,
His aching jaws grip a hot parch'd tongue,
His wide eyes search unconsciously.

He cannot shriek.

Bloody saliva
Dribbles down his shapeless jacket.

I saw him stab
And stab again
A well-killed Boche.

This is the happy warrior,
This is he...

--Herbert Read
Tags: poetry, wwi, wwi poems
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