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Five War Epitaphs

Five War Epitaphs


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I..         COMMON FORM

 

If any question why we died,

Tell them, because our fathers lied.

 

 

II.         THE BEGINNER

 

On the first hour of my first day

In the front trench I fell.

(Children in boxes at a play

Stand up to watch it well.)

 

 

III.       THE REFINED MAN

 

I was of delicate mind. I stepped aside for my needs,

Disdaining the common office. I was seen from afar

  and killed …

How is this matter for mirth? Let each man be judged

  by his deeds.

I have paid my price to live with myself on the terms that

  I willed.

 

 

IV.       ‘EQUALITY OF SACRIFICE’

 

A. ‘I was a Have.’  B. ‘I was a “Have-not.”’

(Together) ‘What hast thou given which I have not?’

 

 

V.        THE COWARD

 

I could not look on Death, which being known,

Men led me to him, blindfold and alone.

 

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