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    Wilfred Owen - The Last Laugh

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    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.