Peace, Alas!

I never got the medal that I wanted For knocking out the enemy s position I d have attacked intrepid and undaunted Shooting and stabbing with malign precision. But all at once it seemed the war was done When them and us stood up and walked aw

Peace, Alas!

I never got the medal that I wanted

For knocking out the enemy's position

I'd have attacked intrepid and undaunted


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Shooting and stabbing with malign precision.

But all at once it seemed the war was done

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When them and us stood up and walked away

Although I screamed "You're cowards every one!"

Nothing I did made them decide to stay

Except that one turned round and smiled at me:

I drew my gun, aimed at his smile, and shot

- And missed! The shit waved and walked on scot-free !

And I am left to reminisce and rot

The Devil saved him: I who no longer can

Die like a hero must live like a man.

ROBERT ILSON

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