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Human Rights Poem (84): Suicide in the Trenches

Trench suicide, by Otto Dix

Trench suicide, by Otto Dix

Suicide in the Trenches, by 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.
And 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.

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3 thoughts on “Human Rights Poem (84): Suicide in the Trenches

  1. Reblogged this on Notes of a Spurkahye and commented:
    Sassoon’s family claimed implausibly that they had settled there since the beginning of the 16th century, adding that they originated from the Saphardi Jews of Spain. The family name, Sassoon, is commonly shared by large Armenian and Kurdish families and tribes who all originate from the district of Sassoon (whence the family and tribal names), west of Lake Van in modern Turkey. The claim to a Spanish, European origins were meant to make the family more acceptable to the European aristocracy and the upper classes. Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, author and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon’s view, were responsible for a vainglorious war.[1] He later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the “Sherston Trilogy”.

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