The Next War

War's a joke for me and you,
Wile we know such dreams are true.
- Siegfried Sassoon

Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death,-
Sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland,-
Pardoned his spilling mess-tins in our hand.
We've sniffed the green thick odour of his breath,-
Our eyes wept, but our courage didn't writhe.
He's spat at us with bullets and he's coughed
Shrapnel. We chorussed when he sang aloft,
We whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier's paid to kick against His powers.
We laughed, -knowing that better men would come,
And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.

by Wilfred Owen

Comments (8)

Wow, that took me back! You captured so many pop culture moments from those years-are you sure you weren't there? Don
Glad I found you and your poems today. for an 18 year old, you have done your homework. Yes, the '60s were the years of change. We could use some more of it right now. You mention the Eagles. Funny I bumped into them yesterday on my car radio. Then as soon as I got home they jumped into my new poem 'Dance, Dance, Dance, 'til You Can Dance no More.' You have a better recollection of the '70s than some of us that were there. I look forward to reading more of your work. Tom with, I hate to admit it, sore feet from dancing.
great poem it really captures the decade of the 70's! ! ! and as some other poets told ya, it is good to look backward to know how to walk forward and try to change the things that are bothering you! ! you are great! ! keep up the good job! ! !
Here here! The seventies did seem really cool- the 00s so far have been relatively dull. I still think I was supposed to have been born in the stone age... ah well! Keep up the good work- I love this poem! :) x
Ok first i have to say great poem... If you are those people who reminisce about the past and see ways that it was better that also means you are one of those people who will know how to set us str8 u know make a change... once a gain great job.. Melissa
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