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Herbert Read: The Happy Warrior

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Herbert Read: Bombing Casualties

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Herbert Read
The Happy Warrior

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His wild heart beats with painful sobs,
His strain’d hands clench an ice-cold rifle,
His aching jaws grip a hot parch’d tongue,
His wide eyes search unconsciously.

He cannot shriek.

Bloody saliva
Dribbles down his shapeless jacket.

I saw him stab
And stab again
A well-killed Boche.

This is the happy warrior,
This is he…

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