siegfried l. sassoon quotes - 10 of
But the past is just the same,--and War's a bloody game. . . .
Have you forgotten yet? . . . ...
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads, those ashen-gray ...
And when the war is done and youth stone dead,
I'd toddle safely home and die--in bed.
If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath,
I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base, ...
And there'd be no more jokes in Music-halls
To mock the riddled corpses round Bapaume.
Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.
mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats, And going to the office in the train.
O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
"Their name liveth for ever," the Gateway claims.
Was ever an immolation so belied ...
Those whispering guns--O Christ, I want to go out
And screech at them to stop--I'm going crazy; ...
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