“The Next War” by Wilfred Owen

Armistice Day:
A rebuke.

“The Next War”

Wilfred Owen

“War’s a joke for me and you,
While we know such dreams are true.”
Siegfried Sassoon

Out there, we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death,-
Sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland,-
Pardoned his spilling mess-tins in our hand.
We’ve sniffed the green thick odour of his breath,-
Our eyes wept, but our courage didn’t writhe.
He’s spat at us with bullets and he’s coughed
Shrapnel. We chorussed when he sang aloft,
We whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier’s paid to kick against His powers.
We laughed, -knowing that better men would come,
And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.

An Account of the Armistice from the New York Herald Tribune

Armistice Day Special:
A newspaper account printed on the ninth anniversary of “the most important event in all history.”
⁓The Voice before the Void

“When Foch Met Germans to End War: How the Enemy, Beaten, and Fearing Reds, Begged Peace of Allies”

New York Herald Tribune

When Foch Met Germans to End War An Account of the Armistice from New York Herald Tribune 1918 November 11 Day First World War I 1

“View of the World from Fargo, Traditionalist Isolationist” by The Voice before the Void

Few eschew butcherous folly.
⁓The Voice before the Void

“View of the World from Fargo, Traditionalist Isolationist”

The Voice before the Void

Bring down half and fill full again

Your budding ombudsman will rend in twain
A gain

And about that
The wheatman will have some to say
But will have no say

Locked in step

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