Wilfred Owen - The Last Laugh

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Wilfred Owen - The Last Laugh - Read by Sean Bean - Remembering World War 1 - Channel 4

The Last Laugh
by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

"O Jesus Christ! I'm hit," he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed, or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped — In vain! vain! vain!
Machine-guns chuckled, — Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.

Another sighed, — "O Mother, mother! Dad!"
Then smiled, at nothing, childlike, being dead.
And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud
Leisurely gestured, — Fool!
And the falling splinters tittered.

"My Love!" one moaned. Love-languid seemed his mood,
Till, slowly lowered, his whole face kissed the mud.
And the Bayonets' long teeth grinned;
Rabbles of Shells hooted and groaned;
And the Gas hissed.