Wilfred Owen, (1893-1918)
Revised in July 1918.
I 'mind as how the night before the show
Us five got talkin'; we was in the know.
'Ah well,' says Jimmy, and he's seen some scrappin',
'There ain't no more than five things as can happen,-
You get knocked out; else wounded, bad or cushy;
Scuppered; or nowt except you're feelin' mushy.'
One of us got the knock-out, blown to chops;
One lad was hurt, like, losin' both his props
And one-to use the word of hypocrites-
Had the misfortune to be took by Fritz.
Now me, I wasn't scratched, praise God Almighty,
Though next time please I'll thank Him for a blighty
But poor old Jim, he's livin' and he's not;
He reckoned he'd five chances, and he had;
He's wounded, killed, and pris'ner, all the lot
The flamin' lot all roled in one. Jim's mad.
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