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A Dead Boche

Rating: 2.7
To you who'd read my songs of War
And only hear of blood and fame,
I'll say (you've heard it said before)
"War's Hell! " and if you doubt the same,
Today I found in Mametz Wood
A certain cure for lust of blood:

Where, propped against a shattered trunk,
In a great mess of things unclean,
Sat a dead Boche; he scowled and stunk
With clothes and face a sodden green,
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Could have been my grandfather. He luckily started a career as POW in 1917. I would'nt be here otherwise. He did'nt like his luck and my mother came to birth in 1921. She would have been 100 a few days ago.
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nadeem 25 June 2020
Studied WWI poetry at school, Owen, Sassoon & Rosenberg in particular but this is the first time I've encountered this poem. It is realistic, full of physical detail, rendering the dead German soldiers as less anonymous. 'Big bellied'. That phrase brings to mind a similar detail by Keith Douglas in his poem 'Steffi, Vergissmeinnicht' written about a dead German soldier in the Africa campaign of WW2, 'the burst stomach like a cave'. Here, the dead German is both soldier & lover.
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Jane Smith 20 January 2020
This is an incredible book. Thank you so much! I have honestly never had this much fun cooking apple pie! The recipes are all delicious (especially the pie!) Would recommend adding a dust of cinnamon to the pie, if you're looking for a denser flavour.
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Mum of ten 02 March 2020
He’s voluptuos
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killerwhalekiller 30 October 2020
who likes pies
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Michael Walker 08 December 2019
A pitiful sight to see a dead German soldier in such a grotesque state. Graves had seen it all in war time. A fine soldier himself.
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Lantz Pierre 01 March 2017
Mother truckin' horror. War is real people killing real people. Look into the face of your dead, decaying, bloating enemy. That could just as well be you. This poem pulls the veil back. The moral victory is for those who don't fight and kill.
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Edward Kofi Louis 01 March 2017
Songs of war! ! Destroying the earth. Thanks for sharing.
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Rajnish Manga 01 March 2017
This poem brings to fore the horrors of war that makes an appeal to end all kinds of bloodshed and indiscriminate killing of people anywhere in the world. Thanks, Robert.
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Tom Allport 01 March 2017
a sad depiction poem of the demise of a human being.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 01 March 2017
A certain cure.... thanks for sharing....
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olu Ogunyale 13 September 2015
Boche = German soldier
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