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The Next War - Poem by Wilfred Owen

War's a joke for me and you,
Wile we know such dreams are true.
- Siegfried Sassoon

Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death,-
Sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland,-
Pardoned his spilling mess-tins in our hand.
We've sniffed the green thick odour of his breath,-
Our eyes wept, but our courage didn't writhe.
He's spat at us with bullets and he's coughed
Shrapnel. We chorussed when he sang aloft,
We whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier's paid to kick against His powers.
We laughed, -knowing that better men would come,
And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.


Comments about The Next War by Wilfred Owen

  • Gold Star - 65,723 Points Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2017 10:25:00 AM)

    Death was never enemy of ours!
    We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
    No soldier's paid to kick against His powers.
    Nicely written poem. Thanks poet.
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Joel Drown (6/12/2017 8:57:00 AM)

    Dear Wilfred Owen, my name is Joel drown and i read your poem and its magnificent how you could capture the thing in common between love and war.The point that hit me the most was how you could paint the image of numbing feeling that love and war can make. thank you for your time and your service. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Ray Gibbs (1/21/2015 10:42:00 PM)

    heart of matter War... (Report) Reply

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Poems About War

  1. 1. A War Song To Englishmen , William Blake
  2. 2. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  3. 3. Love And War , Ovid
  4. 4. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  5. 5. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  6. 6. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  7. 7. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  8. 8. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  9. 9. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  10. 10. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  11. 11. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  12. 12. Nefarious War , Li Po
  13. 13. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  14. 14. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  16. 16. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  17. 17. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  18. 18. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  21. 21. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  22. 22. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  24. 24. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  25. 25. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  26. 26. The Next War , Robert Graves
  27. 27. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  28. 28. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  29. 29. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  30. 30. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  32. 32. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  33. 33. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  34. 34. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. War Song , John Davidson
  36. 36. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  38. 38. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  39. 39. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  40. 40. War Song , Thomas Moore
  41. 41. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  42. 42. War , Charles Wagner
  43. 43. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against T.. , Hayden Carruth
  45. 45. War Torn , James Mills
  46. 46. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  47. 47. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  48. 48. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  49. 49. Declaration Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. The Ashantee War , William Topaz McGonagall
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