Monday, 5 November 2018

Anthem For Doomed Youth. Wilfred Owen. Remembrance Week.

                       
                Wilfred Owen. Killed in Action. 4th November 1918. Sambre_Oise Canal, France.

                                                   Anthem For Doomed Youth.

                 What passing_bells for these who die as cattle? 
                  -Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
                  Only the stuttering rifles`rapid rattle
                  Can patter out their hasty orisons.
                   No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
                   Nor any voice of morning save the choirs,-
                   The shrill, demented Choirs  of wailing shells;
                   And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

                   What candles may be held to speed them all?
                    Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
                    Shall shine the holly glimmers of goodbyes.
                    The pallor of girls` brows shall be their pall;
                    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds.
                     And each slow dusk a drawing- down of blinds.
                                                   

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