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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

7. When I’m among a Blaze of Lights

WHEN I’m among a blaze of lights, 
With tawdry music and cigars 
And women dawdling through delights, 
And officers in cocktail bars, 
Sometimes I think of garden nights         5
And elm trees nodding at the stars. 
I dream of a small firelit room 
With yellow candles burning straight, 
And glowing pictures in the gloom, 
And kindly books that hold me late.  10
Of things like these I choose to think 
When I can never be alone: 
Then someone says ‘Another drink?’ 
And turns my living heart to stone. 



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