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

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Siegfried Sassoon, "The Dug-Out"

The Dug-Out

Why do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled,
And one arm bent across your sullen, cold,
Exhausted face? It hurts my heart to watch you,
Deep-shadow’d from the candle’s guttering gold;
And you wonder why I shake you by the shoulder;
Drowsy, you mumble and sigh and turn your head...
You are too young to fall asleep for ever;
And when you sleep you remind me of the dead.

St. Venant, July 1918

--Siegfried Sassoon
Picture-Show, 1920

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