Last Post - Carol Ann Duffy
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud.
But you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood run upwards from the slime into its wounds; see lines and lines of British boys rewind back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home.
Mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers not entering the story now, to die and die and die.
You walk away.
You walk away; drop your gun, like all your mates do too.
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert - and light a cigarette.
哈利，汤姆，威尔弗雷德，爱德华，伯特 — 你点了一根烟。
There's coffee in the square, warm French bread and all those thousands dead are shaking dried mud from their hair and queuing up for home.
Freshly alive, a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.
You lean against a wall, your several million lives still possible and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards, then it would.