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Survivors

NO doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain
    Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they’re ‘longing to go out again,’—
    These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They’ll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
    Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,—
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they’ll be proud
    Of glorious war that shatter’d all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.


Craiglockart. October, 1917.

About the poet
Siegfried Sassoon
 
By the same poet
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Counter-Attack
Ancient History
Dreamers
Absolution
‘Blighters’
Everyone Sang
Base Details
Glory of Women
The General
The Last Meeting
The Poet as Hero
Suicide in the Trenches
To Any Dead Officer
The Hero
Aftermath
Attack
Sick Leave
The Dug-Out
 
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