First World War Centenary
On the 11th November 2018, we reach the centenary year of World War One.
100 years since the end of conflict.
“On the centenary of the Armistice we will give thanks for peace and for those that returned, and remember the sacrifice of the 800,000 soldiers who died”
Below is a copy of Robert Graves, A Dead Boche this is the 21st World War One Poem I have published on my home-page in remembrance of our upcoming Centenary celebrations.
As some of you may know, I have been working on a 30 day challenge – a showcase of my favourite war poems, and to be honest my choices are starting to get a little more challenging as most of my all time favourites have already been published on my site. I still have nine days to go, still lots of poems out there to choose from.
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A Dead Boche
by Robert Graves
To you who’d read my songs of War
And only hear of blood and fame,
I’ll say** (you’ve heard it said before)
”War’s Hell!” and if you doubt the same,
Today I found in Mametz Wood
A certain cure for lust of blood:
Where, propped against a shattered trunk,
In a great mess of things unclean,
Sat a dead Boche; he scowled and stunk
With clothes and face a sodden green,
Big-bellied, spectacled, crop-haired,
Dribbling black blood from nose and beard.