Randall Jarrell

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

Gunner


Did they send me away from my cat and my wife
To a doctor who poked me and counted my teeth,
To a line on a plain, to a stove in a tent?
Did I nod in the flies of the schools?
And the fighters rolled into the tracer like rabbits,
The blood froze over my splints like a scab --
Did I snore, all still and grey in the turret,
Till the palms rose out of the sea with my death?
And the world ends here, in the sand of a grave,
All my wars over? How easy it was to die!
Has my wife a pension of so many mice?
Did the medals go home to my cat?

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
5 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Form:


Read poems about / on: cat, rose, home, sea, death, world, war, school

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 (Gunner by Randall Jarrell )

There is no comment submitted by members..

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Sorry I'm still not perfect...., Jessica Anonymous
  2. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
[Hata Bildir]