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

8. Golgotha


THROUGH darkness curves a spume of falling flares 
That flood the field with shallow, blanching light. 
  The huddled sentry stares 
  On gloom at war with white, 
  And white receding slow, submerged in gloom.         5
  Guns into mimic thunder burst and boom, 
  And mirthless laughter rakes the whistling night. 
The sentry keeps his watch where no one stirs 
But the brown rats, the nimble scavengers. 


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