Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967 / Kent / England)

Aftermath

Poem by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.


Comments about Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Ambrose Hayes (3/17/2019 6:46:00 PM)

    #StopAdani #StopAdani #StopAdani(Report)Reply

    The Mexicelt(4/17/2019 7:56:00 PM)

    Idiot, keep your politics to yourself, they don't belong here.

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  • bean boy (3/15/2019 2:56:00 AM)

    ree, im not happy that i have to do this for school grr this makes me angery(Report)Reply

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  • Steve Bond (11/10/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    Read, and read, .. and read again.

    From the very first stanza I turned the page to find at school, to the current day (33yrs later) hugely influential in making poetry meaningful and resonant.
    Among the elite in conjuring images and thoughts in the mind as he himself thought and wrote them.
    Should forever remain part of curriculum and a poet to confide in when defining for yourself the nature of the human soul.

    RIP for your words shall resound hereafter.(Report)Reply

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  • Dai Williams (8/29/2018 3:33:00 PM)

    brings the war back to life,(Report)Reply

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  • Martin lewis (2/26/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    Very emotional and captures the horrific scenes(Report)Reply

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  • Myself (1/24/2018 9:55:00 AM)

    I love looking at these war poems. They make one remember those who served them and those who need honored by us. I'm a cadet. This stuff is important.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/14/2017 4:19:00 PM)

    This poem is going to haunt me for a long long time! Powerful. Heart-breaking. Wise. And it hurts in that way that truth has of hurting. 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • qwertyuiop (11/14/2017 7:38:00 AM)

    bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad(Report)Reply

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  • Jennifer Wilson (9/2/2009 1:38:00 PM)

    Raw and emotional, this poem really hits home, and shows the brutal and viscous cycle that is war.(Report)Reply

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  • Steven Somers (8/17/2009 2:38:00 PM)

    powerfull, first hand account of the futility of war, very powerfull.Harry Patch didn't forget and about time the leaders of the world pay attention.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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