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'Hello, Soldier!'

Khaki Verse

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Author: Edward Dyson
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,574 / 58 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 100.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 5,101
Added to site: 2005.10.20
mnybks.net#: 10816
Genre: Poetry
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When the push made a hack of him.

Now he's paid me back. I had struck a snag,

And must creep through the battle spume
All a flamin' age, with a grinnin' jag
In me thigh, for water, or jest a fag.
Like a crippled snake I was forced to drag

Shattered flesh till the crack of doom.

When they saw me he was the one who came.

'N' he give me a raffish grin
'N' a swig. I wasn't so bad that shame
Didn't get me then, for the lad was lame.
They had passed him his, but his 'art was

game.
'N' he coughed ez he brought me in.

I have tackled God on me bended knees,

So He'll save him alive 'n' whole,
For the sake of one who he thinks he sees
When the Nurse's hands bring a kind of ease;
And I thank God, too, for the things like these

That have give me a sort of soul.

There are Percies, Algies, 'n' Claudes I've

met
Who could take it 'n' come agen,
While the bullets flew in a screamin' jet.

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