The Complexities of War
When war is necessary
A Soldiers Poem to His Wife
Who's for the game, the biggest that's played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who'll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he'd rather sit tight?
Who'll toe the one for the signal 'Go!'?
Who'll give his country a hand?
Who wants a turn to himself in the show?
And who wants a seat in the stand?
Who knows it won't be a picnic - not much -
Yet eagerly shoulders a gun?
Who would much rather come back with a crutch
Than lie low and be out of the fun?
Come along, lads -
But you'll come on all right -
For there's only one course to pursue,
Your country is u to her neck in a fight,
And she's looking and calling for you.
A Wife at Home
Love your Wife
A Soldier in the War
Gone, gone again,
May, June, July,
And August gone,
Again gone by,
Save that I saw them go,
As past the empty quays
The rivers flow.
And now again,
In the harvest rain,
The Blenheim oranges
Fall grubby from the trees,
As when I was young—
And when the lost one was here—
And when the war began
To turn young men to dung.
Look at the old house,
Dark and untenanted,
With grass growing instead
Of the footsteps of life,
The friendliness, the strife;
In its beds have lain
Youth, love, age, and pain:
I am something like that;
Only I am not dead,
Still breathing and interested
In the house that is not dark:—
I am something like that:
Not one pane to reflect the sun,
For the schoolboys to throw at—
They have broken every one.
The horror I'm hearing, my dear. Why can't you be safe in my arms. You sound lost and forever gone. What as happened to your soul? My love I'm scared beyond my misery about your well being, to help you think of all that has happened in your life. Me and our home are still here. What has happened for you to lose yourself? You may not be sitting their in your own head! Fight for us, our country! oh my darling, please forgive me for being mad but how can't you live your life at the most excitement you left with? You were strong headed for war and now you lost your soul, your fire. Oh love, get better.
Love your Wife