THE CHANCES by WILFRED OWEN
I 'mind as how the night before that show Us five got talkin'; we was in the know. 'Ah well,' says Jimmy, and he's seen some scrappin', 'There ain't no more than five things as can happen,--- You get knocked out; else wounded, bad or cushy; Scuppered; or nowt except you're feelin' mushy.'
One of us got the knock-out, blown to chops; One lad was hurt, like, losin' both his props; And one---to use the word of hypocrites--- Had the misfortune to be took by Fritz. Now me, I wasn't scratched, praise God Almighty, Though next time please I'll thank Him for a blighty. But poor old Jim, he's livin' and he's not; He reckoned he'd five chances, and he had: He's wounded, killed, and pris'ner, all the lot, The flamin' lot all rolled in one. Jim's mad.
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|Author||Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918)|
|Copyright||The Estate of Wilfred Owen. The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto Windus, 1983. Preliminaries, introductory, editorial matter, manuscripts and fragments omitted.|
|First line||I 'mind as how the night before that show|
|Publication source||The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen|
|Publication editor||Stallworthy, Jon|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|