“EQUALITY OF SACRIFICE”
A. “I was a Have.” B. “I was a ‘have-not.’”
(Together.) “What hast thou given which I gave not?”
We were together since the War began.
He was my servant—and the better man.
My son was killed while laughing at some jest. I would I knew
AN ONLY SON
I have slain none except my Mother.
Pity not! The Army gave
Body and Spirit I surrendered whole
HINDU SEPOY IN FRANCE
This man in his own country prayed we know not to what Powers.
I could not look on Death, which being known,
My name, my speech, my self I had forgot.
A GRAVE NEAR CAIRO
Gods of the Nile, should this stout fellow here
PELICANS IN THE WILDERNESS
(A Grave Near Halfa)
The blown sand heaps on me, that none may learn
Death favoured me from the first, well knowing I could not endure
On the first hour of my first day
R.A.F. (AGED EIGHTEEN)
Laughing through clouds, his milk-teeth still unshed,
THE REFINED MAN
I was of delicate mind. I stepped aside for my needs,
NATIVE WATER-CARRIER (M.E.F.)
Prometheus brought down fire to men.
BOMBED IN LONDON
On land and sea I strove with anxious care
THE SLEEPY SENTINEL
Faithless the watch that I kept: now I have none to keep.
BATTERIES OUT OF AMMUNITION
If any mourn us in the workshop, say
If any question why we died,
A DEAD STATESMAN
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
If I had clamoured at Thy Gate
Daily, though no ears attended,
A DRIFTER OFF TARENTUM
He from the wind-bitten north with ship and companions descended.
DESTROYERS IN COLLISION
For Fog and Fate no charm is found
I was a shepherd to fools
UNKNOWN FEMALE CORPSE
Headless, lacking foot and hand,
RAPED AND REVENGED
One used and butchered me: another spied
I have watched a thousand days
Call me not false, beloved,
For this more ancient bride
Our marriage, often set—
Live, then, whom Life shall cure.
V. A. D. (MEDITERRANEAN)
Ah, would swift ships had never been, for then we ne’er had found,
On a Memorial Tablet in Holy Trinity Church,
We counterfeited once for your disport
On a Panel in the Hall of the Institute of Journalists
We have served our day.