• Six O'Clock In Princes Street

    In twos and threes, they have not far to roam,
    Crowds that thread eastward, gay of eyes;
    Those seek no further than their quiet home,
    Wives, walking westward, slow and wise.... more »

  • Smile, Smile, Smile

    Head to limp head, the sunk-eyed wounded scanned
    Yesterday's Mail; the casualties (typed small)
    And (large) Vast Booty from our Latest Haul.
    Also, they read of Cheap Homes, not yet planned;... more »

  • Soldier's Dream

    I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big-gun gears;
    And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts;
    And buckled with a smile Mausers and Colts;
    And rusted every bayonet with His tears.... more »

  • Song Of Songs

    Sing me at morn but only with your laugh;
    Even as Spring that laugheth into leaf;
    Even as Love that laugheth after Life.... more »

  • Sonnet To My Friend - With An Identity Disc

    If ever I had dreamed of my dead name
    High in the heart of London, unsurpassed
    By Time for ever, and the Fugitive, Fame,... more »

  • Sonnet: On Seeing A Piece Of Our Heavy Artillery Brought Into Action

    Be slowly lifted up, thou long black arm,
    Great Gun towering towards Heaven, about to curse;
    Sway steep against them, and for years rehearse... more »

  • Spells And Incantations

    A vague pearl, a wan pearl
    You showed me once; I peered through far-gone winters
    Until my mind was fog-bound in that gem.... more »

  • Spring Offensive

    1 Halted against the shade of a last hill,
    2 They fed, and, lying easy, were at ease
    3 And, finding comfortable chests and knees
    4 Carelessly slept. But many there stood still ... more »

  • Storm

    His face was charged with beauty as a cloud
    With glimmering lightning. When it shadowed me
    I shook, and was uneasy as a tree... more »

  • Strange Meeting

    It seemed that out of the battle I escaped
    Down some profound dull tunnel, long since scooped
    Through granites which Titanic wars had groined.
    Yet also there encumbered sleepers groaned,... more »

  • The Calls

    A dismal fog-hoarse siren howls at dawn.
    I watch the man it calls for, pushed and drawn
    Backwards and forwards, helpless as a pawn.
    But I'm lazy, and his work's crazy.... more »

  • The Calls [unfinished]

    A dismal fog-hoarse siren howls at dawn.
    I watch the man it calls for, pushed and drawn
    Backwards and forwards, helpless as a pawn.
    But I'm lazy, and his work's crazy.... more »

  • The Chances

    I mind as 'ow the night afore that show
    Us five got talking, -- we was in the know,
    "Over the top to-morrer; boys, we're for it,
    First wave we are, first ruddy wave; that's tore it."... more »

  • The Dead-Beat

    He dropped, - more sullenly than wearily,
    Lay stupid like a cod, heavy like meat,
    And none of us could kick him to his feet;
    -just blinked at my revolver, blearily; ... more »

  • The End

    After the blast of lightning from the east,
    The flourish of loud clouds, the Chariot throne,
    After the drums of time have rolled and ceased
    And from the bronze west long retreat is blown, ... more »

  • The Kind Ghosts

    She sleeps on soft, last breaths; but no ghost looms
    Out of the stillness of her palace wall,
    Her wall of boys on boys and dooms on dooms.... more »

  • The Last Laugh

    'Oh! Jesus Christ! I'm hit,' he said; and died.
    Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
    The Bullets chirped-In vain, vain, vain!
    Machine-guns chuckled,-Tut-tut! Tut-tut!... more »

  • The Letter

    With B.E.F. Jun 10. Dear Wife,
    (Oh blast this pencil. 'Ere, Bill, lend's a knife.)
    I'm in the pink at present, dear.
    I think the war will end this year.... more »

  • The Next War

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

  • The Parable Of The Old Man And The Young

    So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
    And took the fire with him, and a knife.
    And as they sojourned both of them together,
    Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,... more »

  • The Parable Of The Young Man And The Old

    So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
    And took the fire with him, and a knife.
    And as they sojourned, both of them together,
    Isaac the first-born spake, and said, My Father,... more »

  • The Roads Also

    The roads also have their wistful rest,
    When the weathercocks perch still and roost,
    And the looks of men turn kind to clocks
    And the trams go empty to their drome.... more »

  • The Send-Off

    Down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way
    To the siding-shed,
    And lined the train with faces grimly gay.
    ... more »

  • The Sentry

    We'd found an old Boche dug-out, and he knew,
    And gave us hell, for shell on frantic shell
    Hammered on top, but never quite burst through.
    Rain, guttering down in waterfalls of slime... more »

  • The Show

    My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
    As unremembering how I rose or why,
    And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth,
    Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe,... more »