Friday, April 10, 2009

A Rhyme for Good Friday

Here's a poem for Good Friday; like many Easter poems I find that the ones which resonate for me are war themed. This one is by Siegfried Sassoon, well known WWI poet from England.

Stand-To: Good Friday Morning

I’d been on duty from two till four.
I went and stared at the dug-out door.
Down in the frowst I heard them snore.
‘Stand to!’ Somebody grunted and swore.
Dawn was misty; the skies were still;
Larks were singing, discordant, shrill;
They seemed happy; but I felt ill.
Deep in water I splashed my way
Up the trench to our bogged front line.
Rain had fallen the whole damned night.
O Jesus, send me a wound to-day,
And I’ll believe in Your bread and wine,
And get my bloody old sins washed white!

- Siegfried Sassoon


  1. WW1 poetry breaks my heart, and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nymeth - you're welcome. I find Sassoon and Rupert Brooke both quite moving poets. WWI will do that to you.


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