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So we must say Goodbye, my darling,
And go, as lovers go, for ever;
Tonight remains, to pack and fix on labels
And make an end of lying down together.
Who is it climbs the summit of the road?
Only the beggar bumming his dark load.
Who was it cried to see the falling star?
Only the landless soldier lost in war.
And did a thousand years go by in vain?
And does another thousand start again?
I am more and more engrossed with the single poetic theme of Life and Death, for there doesn't seem to be any question more directly relevant than this one of what survives of all the beloved.
All this slowness, all this hardness,
The nearness that is waiting in my bed,
The gradual self-effacement of the dead.
And we talked of girls, and dropping bombs on Rome,
And thought of the quiet dead and the loud celebrities
Exhorting us to slaughter.
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It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.
July 1, 1915
March 5, 1944
Alun Lewis was a Welsh poet and short-story writer, often seen as one of Britain's finest Second World War poets.
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