The Aftermath

Although my blood I've shed
  In war's red wrath,
Oh how I darkly dread
  Its aftermath!
Oh how I fear the day
  Of my release,
When I must face the fray
  Of phoney peace!

When I must fend again
  In labour strife;
And toil with sweat and strain
  For kids and wife.
The world is so upset
  I battled for,
That grimly I regret
  The peace of war.

The wounds are hard to heal
  Of shell and shard,
But O the way to weal
  Is bitter hard!
Though looking back I see
  A gory path,
How bloody black can be
  War's Aftermath!

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Robert William Service

Robert William Service was a poet and writer sometimes referred to as the Bard of the Yukon He is best-known for his writings on the Canadian North including the poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew The Law of the Yukon and The Cremation of Sam McGee His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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