Suicide in Trenches

1I knew a simple soldier boy
2Who grinned at life in empty joy,
3Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
4And whistled early with the lark.
5In winter trenches, cowed and glum
7He put a bullet through his brain.
8No one spoke of him again.
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10Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
11Sneak home and pray you'll never know
12The hell where youth and laughter go.


6] crumps: shell-explosions. Back to Line
9] kindling: firy ("patriotic"?). Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (London: William Heinemann, 1919): 39. Internet Archive
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
Special Copyright: 

Out of copyright in the United States only.