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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Counter-Attack and Other Poems.  1918.

19. Their Frailty


HE’S got a Blighty wound. He’s safe; and then 
  War’s fine and bold and bright. 
She can forget the doomed and prisoned men 
  Who agonize and fight. 
  
He’s back in France. She loathes the listless strain         5
  And peril of his plight, 
Beseeching Heaven to send him home again, 
  She prays for peace each night. 
  
Husbands and sons and lovers; everywhere 
  They die; War bleeds us white  10
Mothers and wives and sweethearts,—they don’t care 
  So long as He’s all right. 


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