Randall Jarrell

(May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965 / Nashville)

Eighth Air Force


If, in an odd angle of the hutment,
A puppy laps the water from a can
Of flowers, and the drunk sergeant shaving
Whistles O Paradiso!--shall I say that man
Is not as men have said: a wolf to man?

The other murderers troop in yawning;
Three of them play Pitch, one sleeps, and one
Lies counting missions, lies there sweating
Till even his heart beats: One; One; One.
O murderers! . . . Still, this is how it's done:

This is a war . . . But since these play, before they die,
Like puppies with their puppy; since, a man,
I did as these have done, but did not die--
I will content the people as I can
And give up these to them: Behold the man!

I have suffered, in a dream, because of him,
Many things; for this last saviour, man,
I have lied as I lie now. But what is lying?
Men wash their hands, in blood, as best they can:
I find no fault in this just man.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Form:


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

Read poems about / on: war, water, dream, people, sleep, flower

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 (Eighth Air Force by Randall Jarrell )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India, Raja Basu
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  10. A Poison Tree, William Blake

Poem of the Day

poet Oscar Wilde

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ruth Stone

 

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Peace#01, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  2. hav em kill - BIG Chief di$bEliEf, sEaN nOrTh
  3. We Ate Beans., Tony Adah
  4. Letting Go, favour ugwumba
  5. Paw, saw, raw, law!, Edward Kofi Louis
  6. नोँखौ मोजां मोन्नायल' नङा, Ronjoy Brahma
  7. - Μαέστρος, Giorgio A. V.
  8. Μαέστρος, Giorgio A. V.
  9. Culprits!, Edward Kofi Louis
  10. Beautiful Woman II, Edward Kofi Louis
[Hata Bildir]