Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967 / Kent / England)

Suicide In The Trenches - Poem by Siegfried Sassoon

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.


Comments about Suicide In The Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Trevor J (2/16/2020 4:59:00 PM)

    Absolutely brilliant (Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (1/8/2020 6:15:00 PM)

    A very strong antiwar poem, which I like. the smug, jingoistic crowds know nothing
    of the brutal reality of war, which made a young soldier commit suicide.
    'Pray you'll never know/ The where youth and laughter go'. Tragic.
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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/20/2019 8:51:00 AM)

    A poignant piece of poetry written with clarity of thought and mind. An insightful work of art. (Report)Reply

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  • daddy ben (9/2/2019 9:57:00 PM)

    i hate my life, contemplating going to a trench rn (Report)Reply

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  • Papa Christ (8/29/2019 7:27:00 PM)

    my nan was in the trenches (Report)Reply

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  • Papa Christ (8/27/2019 5:59:00 AM)

    finally realized why i have daddy issues.... Already ReportedReply

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  • PPPPPPPOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRNNNNNNNNN (8/7/2019 11:55:00 PM)

    This was like me and my daddy before he jerked off all over my face, he died in jail Already ReportedReply

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  • Average Aussie student (5/24/2019 6:52:00 PM)

    I just found out about this i am kinda confused why you had the robot voice it wont hurt to speak, that's it tho so from Straya Cya mate (Report)Reply

    Sanya Altaf(9/16/2019 5:42:00 AM)

    The authors dead so they subbed him for a robot

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  • Yikes (5/4/2019 11:11:00 PM)

    10/10
    Definitely would commit suicide in the trenches again
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  • Dean Brenan (3/29/2019 9:38:00 AM)

    My dad just beat me Already ReportedReply

    alone(7/15/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    my dad just shouted at me, twice. oh maybe thrice?

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  • Nikoli (3/25/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    Don't normally read poems.... (Report)Reply

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  • Robby {the rocket} graham (3/1/2019 7:03:00 AM)

    this poem was soo helpful I found my dad (Report)Reply

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  • Joze Casino (3/1/2019 6:57:00 AM)

    I love this poem it always makes my balls tickle Already ReportedReply

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  • Conor Kearney (2/28/2019 7:52:00 AM)

    I have read this poem many times and I can say that I cry more every time. I then showed it to my dog before he sucked me off Already ReportedReply

    I showed this to my dog and he killed himself(12/31/2019 5:26:00 AM)

    Fs in the chat bois

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  • Anastacia (2/19/2019 11:09:00 PM)

    ......my friend just shot himself today...i have classes with him.....i don't know anymore Already ReportedReply

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  • Chris (2/19/2019 6:48:00 AM)

    Why the fuck would you have the video with the robot voice (Report)Reply

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  • Keep er lit Calum (2/6/2019 9:02:00 AM)

    this poem made me cry. I used the tears as lube Already ReportedReply

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  • Ravindra Kumar (2/2/2019 11:11:00 PM)

    Grim reality of life of a soldier boy is well exposed. (Report)Reply

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  • Anonymous (1/23/2019 4:38:00 AM)

    I am going to join the army or air force (Report)Reply

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  • Maria Kim (1/17/2019 1:37:00 PM)

    This poem is the best one I have read so far I love it ❤️📖 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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