‘Aftermath’ by Siegfried Sassoon

‘Aftermath’

by Siegfried Sassoon

“Have you forgotten yet?…
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go…”

You can read the complete poem here or hear it read by Jeremy Irons.

Siegfried Sassoon died on this day in 1967, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Take a look at our Words in Focus page for your chance to appear in print and find out about our latest poetry events.

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