Verse > Siegfried Sassoon > Picture-Show

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

1. Picture-Show

AND still they come and go: and this is all I know— 
That from the gloom I watch an endless picture-show, 
Where wild or listless faces flicker on their way, 
With glad or grievous hearts I’ll never understand 
Because Time spins so fast, and they’ve no time to stay         5
Beyond the moment’s gesture of a lifted hand. 
And still, between the shadow and the blinding flame, 
The brave despair of men flings onward, ever the same 
As in those doom-lit years that wait them, and have been... 
And life is just the picture dancing on a screen.  10



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