Monday, January 17, 2011

Mud and Rain By Siegfried Sassoon

This is a poem by British Poet Siegfried Sassoon about the Battle of Paschendale.


Mud and Rain

Mud and rain and wretchedness and blood.
Why should jolly soldier-boys complain?
God made these before the roofless Flood -
Mud and rain.

Mangling cramps and bullets through the brain,
Jesus never guessed them when He died.
Jesus had a purpose for His pain,
Ay, like abject beasts we shed our blood,
Often asking if we die in vain.
Gloom conceals us in a soaking sack --
Mud and rain.