Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Last Post

By Robert Graves


The bugler sent a call of high romance--
"Lights out! Lights out!" to the deserted square.
On the thin brazen notes he threw a prayer,
"God, if it's this for me next time in France ...
O spare the phantom bugle as I lie
Dead in the gas and smoke and roar of guns,
Dead in a row with the other broken ones
Lying so stiff and still under the sky,
Jolly young Fusiliers too good to die."

1 comment:

  1. I didn't read his poetry until I found that web site of WWI poetry. I was familiar with The White Goddess, that is all.

    I hate this war.