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Editor's Selection of Poems
Remorse

by Siegfried Sassoon

Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit,   
He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows   
Each flash and spouting crash,- each instant lit   
When gloom reveals the streaming rain. He goes   
Heavily, blindly on. And, while he blunders,  
'Could anything be worse than this?'- he wonders,   
Remembering how he saw those Germans run,   
Screaming for mercy among the stumps of trees:   
Green-faced, they dodged and darted: there was one   
Livid with terror, clutching at his knees...  
Our chaps were sticking 'em like pigs ... 'O hell!'   
He thought- 'there's things in war one dare not tell   
Poor father sitting safe at home, who reads   
Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds.' 
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