The Last Laugh

It’s eleven o’clock and the country is remembering both the dead and survivors of ninety years of war.

Not much more to say other than to post The Last Laugh by Wilfred Owen, my favourite war poet, although in some ways I prefer the earlier Last Words on which it is based.

‘Oh! Jesus Christ! I’m hit,’ he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped-In vain, vain, vain!
Machine-guns chuckled,-Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.

Another sighed,-‘O Mother, -Mother, – Dad!’
Then smiled at nothing, childlike, being dead.
And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud
Leisurely gestured, – Fool!
And the splinters spat, and tittered.

‘My Love!’ one moaned. Love-languid seemed his mood,
Till slowly lowered, his whole faced kissed the mud.
And the Bayonets’ long teeth grinned;
Rabbles of Shells hooted and groaned;
And the Gas hissed.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Mosher 14th November 2004

    Courtesy of Sky, and/or our bumbling new (completely crap) DJ, there was no 2 minutes' silence before the match today. I know I wasn't the only one rather upset about this. Mind, I should be used to it – we don't even get half time scores over the tannoy any more.

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  • Shooting Parrots 15th November 2004

    Yes, Sky dictates everything. I can't remember the last time ManU kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday. (Actually I can because I was there — that bloody awful 0-0 aginst Everton.)

    But at least that means they must be on telly. Good match yesterday, but 3-1 flattered us. I see big Al wasn't too happy about the penalty, but my first reaction was that it was. (Okay, so I would say that.)

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  • MB 15th November 2004

    I always prefered "Dulce et Decorum est" from Owen.

    And I don't think it was Everton – that was a noon kick off. It was end of last year, Charlton rings a bell. And it will be 4 months into the new season – 4/12 vs Soton – when we get our next one.

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  • Shooting Parrots 15th November 2004

    You're right, it was a noon kick-off — 30 August, Bank Holiday Monday. It was a shocking first half, Mrs Parrot saying she'd that wished she'd brought her book. I haven't had this confirmed, but I'm fairly sure that it was the first 0-0 that ManU had been involved in for about three years.

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