I WISH I'D BEEN IN THE WAR

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<ul><li><p>World Affairs Institute</p><p>I WISH I'D BEEN IN THE WARAuthor(s): ALBERT RICHARD WETJENSource: Advocate of Peace through Justice, Vol. 89, No. 5 (May, 1927), p. 305Published by: World Affairs InstituteStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20661599 .Accessed: 15/06/2014 08:46</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.</p><p> .</p><p>World Affairs Institute and Heldref Publications are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extendaccess to Advocate of Peace through Justice.</p><p>http://www.jstor.org </p><p>This content downloaded from 195.78.109.119 on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:46:28 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=waihttp://www.jstor.org/stable/20661599?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>1927 I WISH FD BEEN IN THE WAR 305 </p><p>I WISH I'D BEEN IN THE WAR (Child's Complaint) </p><p>By ALBERT RICHARD WETJEN </p><p>(Reprinted by special permission from The Saturday Evening Post; copyright 1927 by the Curtis Publishing Company.) </p><p>Rockets at dawning when the barn cocks </p><p>crow. </p><p>Ev'ry man ashen and his heart pounds </p><p>large ; Ev'ry man shaking as the minutes go. </p><p>Only seven more before we charge. Rockets at dawning, and the men breathe </p><p>fast. </p><p>There's half the division going through. See the major sweating as he turns at last, </p><p>And puts away his watch?stand to! </p><p>Three golden rockets bright against the </p><p>gray. Hear the whistles shrilling up the line! </p><p>Heave up! Over! What's the Captain say? </p><p>Battalion, steady! Right, incline! </p><p>Seven down, eight down ! . . . Damn the </p><p>wire and mud! </p><p>Take open order! . . . How the hell </p><p>can we see? . . . </p><p>Where's the major running with his face all </p><p>blood? Ten of us took cover here and now there's </p><p>three. </p><p>Whistles shrilling out again! Bombers to the fore! </p><p>Forward the company! . . . What's </p><p>left to run. . . . </p><p>Hold up, George! Whatcher screaming for? </p><p>Got it in the guts ! Let 'im go ! He's done ! </p><p>Machine guns!?drop, you fools! Listen to </p><p>the lead </p><p>Like angry bees in summer. . . . Damn </p><p>the smoke! </p><p>Stretcher! Stretcher! clear away the dead! </p><p>And once I thought the war was just a </p><p>joke! </p><p>Up again, you blighters ! . . . Golly, ain't </p><p>it wet. . . . </p><p>Mills grenades to clear that traverse? </p><p>so </p><p>One last run for the crumbling parapet. . . . </p><p>Bayonets at the ready. Let's go! Thrust! Hah! Use the butt. Guard again, </p><p>there ! </p><p>Smash 'im till he can't move any more. </p><p>Steel and butt and bullet?anything is fair. </p><p>Blood and mud and lead. That's war! </p><p>Glory and adventure! Hear the bugles call! </p><p>But, little brother, hide away and cry; </p><p>For it's nothing like the war you play at all, </p><p>When men you've learned to love go out </p><p>to die. </p><p>Rockets at dawning when the barn cocks </p><p>crow ! </p><p>The best of the men will be the first to go ! </p><p>Choking with the chlorine, croaking in the </p><p>lead; </p><p>Lying in the wire and wishing they were dead: </p><p>Bleeding from the gullet, burning up with pain ; </p><p>The best go first, and they never walk again. </p><p>Stand here, little brother, and watch the </p><p>colors go. Aren't the generals pretty as they lead the </p><p>show? </p><p>See the shiny buttons and bands of shiny brass. </p><p>And don't you feel all thrilly as the men </p><p>march past? </p><p>But remember, little brother, a battle isn't </p><p>fought With bands and shiny </p><p>* buttons, exactly as </p><p>you thought; And soldiers don't look pretty charging </p><p>through the mud; </p><p>And there isn't much adventure with gas and </p><p>lead and blood. </p><p>So remember, little brother, when the bugles </p><p>call, </p><p>The war they always talk of isn't like your </p><p>war at all. </p><p>This content downloaded from 195.78.109.119 on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:46:28 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p>Article Contentsp. 305</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsAdvocate of Peace through Justice, Vol. 89, No. 5 (May, 1927), pp. 261-320EDITORIALSTHE AMERICAN PEACE SOCIETY MOVING ALONG [pp. 261-263]THREE FACTORS IN THE CHINESE SITUATION [pp. 263-265]THE DISEASE IN OUR BONES OF CONTENTION [pp. 265-267]TRIALS OF THE DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE [pp. 267-268]IS THE PORTER-DRAGO DOCTRINE DEAD? [pp. 268-269]CHILE [pp. 269-271]IS CYNICISM CONQUERING OUR YOUTH? [pp. 271-272]CREATIVE WORK AMONG THE NEGROES [pp. 272-275]</p><p>WORLD PROBLEMS IN REVIEWTHE CHINESE CRISIS [pp. 276-277]COMMITTEE AT GENEVA ON CODIFICATION OF LAW [pp. 277-278]WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN WORLD TRADE [pp. 278-279]INTERNATIONAL TRADE BARRIERS [pp. 280-280]NEW REVOLT IN THE RIFF [pp. 280-281]DUTCH-BELGIAN TREATY [pp. 281-282]BRITISH POLICY IN INDIA [pp. 282-283]GERMAN FOREIGN POLICY [pp. 284-285]GROWTH OF GERMAN TRUSTS [pp. 285-287]BELGIUM AND THE GERMAN MENACE [pp. 287-288]SOVIET-POLISH NEGOTIATIONS [pp. 288-288]CIVIL AVIATION AND DISARMAMENT [pp. 289-289]PRESIDENT COOLIDGE AND THE UNITED PRESS [pp. 289-289]CONFERENCE FOR FILIPNO INDEPENDENCE CONDEMNS THE COOLIDGE VETO [pp. 290-290]</p><p>MOTION PICTURES, TRADE, AND THE WELFARE OF OUR WESTERN HEMISPHERE [pp. 291-296]HOW FAR MUST WE PROTECT OUR CITIZENS ABROAD? [pp. 296-299]SEAPORTS AND HINTERLANDS [pp. 299-301]IN FAVOR OF OUTLAWING POISON GAS: SPEECH OF HON. HAMILTON FISH, JR., OF NEW YORK: In the House of Representatives, Friday, January 21, 1927 [pp. 302-304]I WISH I'D BEEN IN THE WAR [pp. 305-305]INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTSBRITISH ANTI-STRIKE LAW [pp. 306-309]LITHUANIAN-SOVIET TREATY [pp. 309-311]</p><p>News in Brief [pp. 311-315]LETTER BOX [pp. 316-316]BOOK REVIEWSReview: untitled [pp. 317-317]Review: untitled [pp. 317-317]Review: untitled [pp. 317-318]Review: untitled [pp. 318-318]Review: untitled [pp. 318-318]Review: untitled [pp. 318-318]Review: untitled [pp. 318-319]Review: untitled [pp. 319-319]Review: untitled [pp. 319-319]Review: untitled [pp. 319-319]Review: untitled [pp. 319-320]Review: untitled [pp. 320-320]Review: untitled [pp. 320-320]</p></li></ul>

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