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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Lament of the Soldiers
By John Strong Newberry, trans.
From “Poems by Paul Fort”
Translated from the French

  WHEN they were come back from the wars, their heads were seamed with bleeding scars;
  Their hearts betwixt clenched teeth they gripped, in rivulets their blood had dripped.
  When they were come back from the wars—the blue, the red, the sons of Mars—
  They sought their snuff-boxes so fine, their chests, their sheets all spotless showing;
  They sought their kine, their grunting swine, their wives and sweethearts at their sewing,        5
  Their roguish children, like as not crowned with a shining copper pot:
  They even sought their homes, poor souls … they only found the worms and moles.
  The carrion raven clamored o’er them. They spat their broken hearts before them!

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