Two Poems by Siegfried Sassoon

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POEMS SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

Two Poems by Siegfried Sassoon

On Reading My Diary

 

This was the truth, as near as I could get it,

Although that truth is truth to me no longer.

But dead misapprehensions make me stronger


Who am infallible now and no more blind!

These mummied thoughts seem vivid and exciting:

For (like a vast percentage of mankind)

Myself's myself's main interest: so I find

Not one dull page in all these reams of writing.

  

"An egotist!" you say . . . Is that unusual?. . .

Show me the man, (provided he's a sound one,)

Who's totally assured that he's a dunce!


Such men are rare indeed: I've never found one;

But when I do I'll actuate him at once

Toward wholesome introspection. I'll advise him,

"Take samples of your grandiose delusion,


"And trace each complex down to its conclusion;

"Watch your reactions!" And within a week

He'll satisfy himself that he's unique.

 

Scientific Reason 

 

Time flows not as those hearts that knock

Together with bewildered haste,

Each in its paradise embraced.

 

His chimes from gloom-built minsters mock

Love's parleying plight, when he foretells

Silence with tongues of shuddering bells.

 

But I'll be daunted by no clock,

For in your mortal charm I see

Not Time but Relativity.

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