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Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on; on; and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted,
And beauty came like the setting sun.
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.


This poem was written in celebration of the Armistice. As I'm currently reading about Siegfried Sasson in "Regeneration " by Pat Barker, it seems doubly appropriate to post this poem.

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