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

  • (1/17/2019 1:37:00 PM)


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  • (1/11/2019 12:35:00 PM)


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  • (1/9/2019 1:36:00 PM)


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  • (11/6/2018 5:41:00 PM)


    This poet was a World War 1 soldier who fought courageously for your freedom. He won the Military Cross, for crying out loud. And these comments make me want to friggin' weep. People either commenting like this poet wrote this last week, and is 'really good' (he'd be delighted if he hadn't died in the 60's) , or apparently wasting their lives writing sexually explicit nonsense, which, by the way, sounds screamingly gay to me. My God, I despair. (Report) Reply

  • (11/5/2018 4:47:00 AM)


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  • (11/4/2018 5:53:00 PM)


    Nice. Maybe I should join the army. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2018 8:00:00 AM)


    This poem does not meet me standards. It is pure. I feel like I want to dent my in with a huge wrench from daddys drawer and then screw my eye lids shut so I don't have to look at your ugly mug face. me. (Report) Reply

    (12/5/2018 11:17:00 PM)

    P.s. I didn't misspell anything in my prior comment. I just called several unsavory names that suit you perfectly. The website filtered them. Please know then, that one began with C, another with F, and another after that.

    (12/5/2018 11:15:00 PM)

    P.s. I didn't misspell anything in my prior comment. I just called several unsavory names that suit you perfectly. The website filtered them. Please know then, that one began with C, another with F, and another after that. Add me on FB bro, the name is as displayed. Id be happy to give you the full details

    (12/5/2018 11:11:00 PM)

    He won the Victoria Cross you stupid. The Uk Medal of Honour. He threw it in the Thames however, as he hated the lives he took. He took a german trench single handedly, turning their machine guns on themselves. You? a. a disgrace. Who the would ever be want to be you? bless you.

  • (10/23/2018 8:00:00 AM)


    THEY SHOULD HAVE DABBED ON THAT BODY SON. I KNOW DADDY DABBED ON MY BODY (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 5:51:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:47:00 AM)


    I think this is a very sphystcatid peom I like how he talks about good tings I look forward to more in the future
    yours gratefully the man outside your kids school in a white van
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  • (10/22/2018 5:46:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:46:00 AM)


    my mother once told me that if I get my weenee stuck in my microwave, I should totally wak it (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 5:45:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:43:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:43:00 AM)


    mY peenEE is SO haWt pLEase sock it (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 5:42:00 AM)


    Yeah we out her in the streets playa. we ride together we die together you feel me. I give this poem a 10/10 as the suicide part makes my weenee hard boi. I got 99 problems but a big weenee aint one you feel me playa (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 5:41:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:40:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:40:00 AM)


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  • (10/22/2018 5:39:00 AM)


    start a petition for gay dean thank you please sub hit the bell (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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