Saturday, 24 January 2009

The Happy Warrior

Herbert Read (1893-1968)

"The Happy Warrior"
His wild heart beats with painful sobs,

His strin'd hands clench an ice-cold rifle,

His aching jaws grip a hot parch'd tongue,

His wide eyes search unconsciously.

He cannot shriek.Bloody salivaDribbles down his shapeless jacket.

I saw him stabAnd stab againA well-killed Boche.

This is the happy warrior,This is he...