The Great War

from Poems of the Great War, an electronic edition

Overheard in an Asylum

And here we have another case,

quite different from the last,

another case quite different --

Listen.

Baby, drink.

The war is over.

Mother's breasts

are round with milk.

Baby, rest.

The war is over.

Only pigs

slop over so.

Baby, sleep.

The war is over.

Daddy's come

with a German coin.

Baby, dream.

The war is over.

You'll be a soldier

too.

We gave her the doll --

Now there we have another case,

quite different from --