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Suicide In The Trenches

Siegfried Sassoon

I knew a simple soldier boy 
Who grinned at life in empty joy, 
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark, 
And whistled early with the lark. 

In winter trenches, cowed and glum, 
With crumps and lice and lack of rum, 
He put a bullet through his brain. 
No one spoke of him again. 

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye 
Who cheer when soldier lads march by, 
Sneak home and pray you'll never know 
The hell where youth and laughter go. 

Submitted by Tom Burrows

Added: 14 Oct 2002 | Last Read: 21 Mar 2018 12:41 PM | Viewed: 16403 times

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