Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

A Dead Boche - Poem by Robert Graves

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,
Big-bellied, spectacled, crop-haired,
Dribbling black blood from nose and beard.


Comments about A Dead Boche by Robert Graves

  • Lantz Pierre (3/1/2017 11:10:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/1/2017 4:58:00 AM)


    Songs of war! ! Destroying the earth. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (3/1/2017 4:38:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/1/2017 4:06:00 AM)


    a sad depiction poem of the demise of a human being. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/1/2017 1:01:00 AM)


    A certain cure.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • Uwakwe Uchechukwu (3/1/2017 12:44:00 AM)


    War is hell. True war is hell and only the common suffer when there's war. Factions involved can only suffer numerical loss but the civilians are the ones to suffer the most. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (3/1/2017 12:39:00 AM)


    Horrible sight. We don't need this imagery. (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2015 8:32:00 AM)


    Boche = German soldier (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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