Keith Douglas

(January 24, 1920 – June 9, 1944 / Tunbridge Wells, Kent)

Poems of Keith Douglas

1. Cairo Jag 1/13/2003
2. How To Kill 12/18/2003
3. The Knife 12/18/2003
4. Vergissmeinnicht 1/13/2003
5. Villanelle Of Spring Bells 1/13/2003

How To Kill

Under the parabola of a ball,
a child turning into a man,
I looked into the air too long.
The ball fell in my hand, it sang
in the closed fist: Open Open
Behold a gift designed to kill.

Now in my dial of glass appears
the soldier who is going to die.

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