12 September 2011

War song


war song

soldier, in a curious land
   all across a swaying sea,
take her smile and lift her hand -
   have no guilt for me

soldier, when were soldiers gone?
   if she's kind and sweet and gay,
use the wish I send to you -
   lie not lone till day!

only, for the nights that were,
   soldier, and the dawns that came,
when in sleep you turn to her
   call her by my name

dorothy parker, 1944

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