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

  • (7/28/2018 8:52:00 AM)


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

    No one will ever know how soldiers individually feel about going out to kill or be killed...when they are alone with their thoughts. A brilliant poem.
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  • (7/24/2018 6:42:00 PM)


    amazing poem great job! (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2018 12:46:00 AM)


    He put a bullet through his brain.
    No one spoke of him again. these two phrases made how much brave this man it s a nice poem you read my poem
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2018 7:51:00 PM)


    zoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 6:18:00 AM)


    This poem rings truer than many will ever know or allow themselves to know. (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 7:36:00 AM)


    no words, amazing, well written (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2018 12:47:00 PM)


    I like your poem. It was nice. (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 4:29:00 PM)


    what is wrong with you (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 7:44:00 AM)


    i like big tittiesssssss get the nip nip nip in my mouth and call me Jesus daddyy boyyy even though im gay and like dicckkkkkk and jizzzzz i still love the anyone agree? ;) (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2018 6:01:00 AM)


    This needs to be removed for peoples health as everyone will kill themselves after hearing it ahahahaha lolll (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2018 5:53:00 AM)


    This poem is so bent and the man reading it sounds like a spastic and who ever wrote this needs to get a life lol (Report) Reply

    (5/29/2018 11:26:00 AM)

    off. This poem is about the author putting their feelings and emotions into words. They were obviously depressed

  • (5/15/2018 4:46:00 AM)


    wheres my comment i said this makes my hole ache (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 4:45:00 AM)


    this poem makes me want to kms (Report) Reply

    (8/16/2018 5:12:00 AM)

    you should. you desecrate the planet by your existence. foul creature, die painfully.

  • (5/8/2018 10:05:00 AM)


    Mikkey mouse club house come inside to commit suiside (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (5/1/2018 9:50:00 AM)


    whistled early with the lark. He put a bullet through his brain.
    No one spoke of him again. so sad...... we have all a sublime duty to pray for our soldiers. tony
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  • (3/20/2018 6:05:00 PM)


    I can't write a joke comment like the ones before but today I was thinking about suicide and it cheered me up, there was a different place I go to.Strange.Now I've read the poem and think that everyones got a choice.Dude could have suffered and come out the other side to a ticker tape parade but he took the final action and the final thought was his.I don't think I have a choice... (Report) Reply

    (4/5/2018 4:13:00 PM)

    Tarzan, please get some help.

  • (3/20/2018 4:57:00 AM)

    Report mid=5551007
    very very good i loved it a lot im a pedo Already Reported Reply

  • (2/2/2018 4:26:00 AM)


    i love my year one girlfriend lol and this poem is hot (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2018 4:21:00 AM)


    this turned me on lolololoololol (Report) Reply

    (5/17/2018 5:55:00 AM)

    ahahahaha same so wet right now

  • Amelia Hammond (1/28/2018 10:24:00 AM)


    Great poem. I hope you are okay. I been there myself, I am in the military and I have seen it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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