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Editor's Selection of Poems
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.   
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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