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Release Day! - 12/5/2019 4:38:36 AM   

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An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

I shall ponder on the futility of war and the waste of young life as I am driving millions to their virtual death in the Great War.

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RE: Release Day! - 12/5/2019 11:04:28 AM   


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"The General" by Siegfried Sassoon

“Good-morning, good-morning!” the General said
When we met him last week on our way to the line.
Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead,
And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
“He's a cheery old card,” grunted Harry to Jack
As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

But he did for them both by his plan of attack.

Maybe a better poem for all the generals?

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RE: Release Day! - 12/5/2019 11:27:25 AM   


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Austria has its war poetry too. One end with the words (from Georg Trakl, a few days before his suizide after serving in Galicia 1914):

Die heiße Flamme des Geistes nährt heute ein gewaltiger Schmerz,
Die ungebornen Enkel.

(The hot flame of the spirit nourishes a great pain today,
The unborn grandsons.)

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RE: Release Day! - 12/5/2019 11:29:35 AM   


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If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

The classic by the late Mr. Owen

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