Binyon, Laurence - from The Arras Road
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Road from Arras to Bapaume by Christopher Nevinson
A description of the experience
excerpt from The Arras Road
The early night falls on the plain
In cloud and desolating rain.
I see no more, but feel around
The ruined earth, the wounded ground.
There in the dark, on either side
The road, are all the brave who died.
I think not on the battles won;
I think on those whose day is done.
Heaped mud, blear pools, old rusted wire,
Cover their youth and young desire.
Near me they sleep, and they to me
Are dearer than their victory.