A Soldier's Song (Aldington)
<poem> How sadly for how many nights My dear will lie alone, Or lie in others arms than mine While I lie like a stone.
If she remembers me or weeps For her lost happiness, Though dead, I shall be pierced at heart For her great loneliness.
If she forgets me, if she gives Her lips and limbs to new desire, Though dead, I shall be pierced at heart, Burned stark by a sharp fire.
I would not have her pine and weep, Nor would I have her love again— Whatever comes after I die There will be only pain and pain.
I dare not ask for life, I dare Only to ask for utter death So that I may not know she breathes Life from another's amorous breath.