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Doomed Youth

Louise Richardson

Toowoomba, Australia

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I have been reading too much World War One poetry for my english course at uni as this photo instantly reminded me of fallen, broken soldiers.

‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ – by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
– Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid ralttle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

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