Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967 / Kent / England)

A Subaltern


He turned to me with his kind, sleepy gaze
And fresh face slowly brightening to the grin
That sets my memory back to summer days,
With twenty runs to make, and last man in.
He told me he’d been having a bloody time
In trenches, crouching for the crumps to burst,
While squeaking rats scampered across the slime
And the grey palsied weather did its worst.

But as he stamped and shivered in the rain,
My stale philosophies had served him well;
Dreaming about his girl had sent his brain
Blanker than ever—she’d no place in Hell....
‘Good God!’ he laughed, and slowly filled his pipe,
Wondering ‘why he always talked such tripe’.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: weather, memory, girl, summer, rain, god, time, running, dream

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Subaltern by Siegfried Sassoon )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 2 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Some thoughts, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Your possession, hasmukh amathalal
  3. Powerful you are, hasmukh amathalal
  4. Hate me Not- -, Gexg Lalnuna
  5. Openly dare, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Rain On Me, Kewayne Wadley
  7. Timeless Emotions, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Charcoal Sketch, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  9. It's End, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  10. Feisty seed of love, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. A Poison Tree, William Blake

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]