The Cheerful Civilian

The Poets & The War XIX

By William Bliss.
The War Illustrated, Volume 2, No. 25, Page 160, February 23, 1940.

Should a bomb drop upon my Civil head
It kills no Soldier. Why then, let it chance!
At least I'll smile to think, when I am dead,
It might have killed ten men "somewhere in France".

I should take shame to fear, who owe to these
The sunset peace that my home-valley fills,
Where I can hear the silence of the hills
And watch the young moon climbing through the trees.

The Observer

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