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

10. The Fathers


  SNUG at the club two fathers sat, 
  Gross, goggle-eyed, and full of chat. 
  One of them said: ‘My eldest lad 
  Writes cheery letters from Bagdad. 
  But Arthur’s getting all the fun         5
  At Arras with his nine-inch gun.’ 
  
‘Yes,’ wheezed the other, ‘that’s the luck! 
My boy’s quite broken-hearted, stuck 
In England training all this year. 
Still, if there’s truth in what we hear,  10
The Huns intend to ask for more 
  Before they bolt across the Rhine.’ 
I watched them toddle through the door— 
  These impotent old friends of mine. 


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