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Randall Jarrell - Eighth Air Force

If, in an odd angle of the hutment,
A puppy laps the water from a can
Of flowers, and the drunk sergeant shaving
Whistles O Paradiso!--shall I say that man
Is not as men have said: a wolf to man?

The other murderers troop in yawning;
Three of them play Pitch, one sleeps, and one
Lies counting missions, lies there sweating
Till even his heart beats: One; One; One.
O murderers! . . . Still, this is how it's done:

This is a war . . . But since these play, before they die,
Like puppies with their puppy; since, a man,
I did as these have done, but did not die--
I will content the people as I can
And give up these to them: Behold the man!

I have suffered, in a dream, because of him,
Many things; for this last saviour, man,
I have lied as I lie now.  But what is lying?
Men wash their hands, in blood, as best they can:
I find no fault in this just man.

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Poet: Randall Jarrell
Poem: Eighth Air Force
Poem of the Day: May 13 2016

Comment 5 of 5, added on April 13th, 2014 at 3:49 AM.
where Ann grabbed he

where Ann grabbed her gun and chesad an intruder out of the house, recalling one of Miss Ellie’s most memorable moments from the old show, as well as John Ross’s encounter with Marta del Sol on the 50-year line at

Abeng from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 4 of 5, added on December 21st, 2011 at 11:49 AM.

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Voinykarolyn from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on November 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 PM.

Absolutely first rate and copper-btotmoed, gentlemen!

Elouise from Romania

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