Erotica author, aka Elspeth Potter, on Writing from the Inside

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Siegfried Sassoon, "Does It Matter?"

Does it Matter?

Does it matter?--losing your legs?...
For people will always be kind,
And you need not show that you mind
When the others come in after hunting
To gobble their muffins and eggs.

Does it matter?--losing your sight?...
There's such splendid work for the blind;
And people will always be kind,
As you sit on the terrace remembering
And turning your face to the light.

Do they matter?--those dreams from the pit?...
You can drink and forget and be glad,
And people won’t say that you’re mad;
For they'll know you've fought for your country
And no one will worry a bit.

--Siegfried Sassoon, Counter-Attack and Other Poems, 1918

1 comment:

  1. The first time I read this poem some years ago it gave me chills. It still does.