Editorial Impressions by Siegfried Sassoon
He seemed so certain â€˜all was going wellâ€™,
As he discussed the glorious time heâ€™d had
While visiting the trenches.
â€˜One can tell
Youâ€™ve gathered big impressions!â€™ grinned the lad
Whoâ€™d been severely wounded in the back
In some wiped-out impossible Attack.
â€˜Impressions? Yes, most vivid! I am writing
A little book called Europe on the Rack,
Based on notes made while witnessing the fighting.
I hope Iâ€™ve caught the feeling of â€œthe Lineâ€,
And the amazing spirit of the troops.
By Jove, those flying-chaps of ours are fine!
I watched one daring beggar looping loops,
Soaring and diving like some bird of prey.
And through it all I felt that splendour shine
Which makes us win.â€™
The soldier sipped his wine.
â€˜Ah, yes, but itâ€™s the Press that leads the way!