It rained. Really rained. At last. After waiting all summer.
After being teased with a shower once. It rained with hail.
And wind. And the seas churned.
(Everyone Singing by Siegfried Sassoon 1886-1967)
"Everyone burst out singing:
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark green fields; on and on and out of sight.
Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted,
And beauty came like the settling sun.
My heart was shaken.
And horror drifted away.
O but everyone
was a bird;
and the song was wordless;
will never be done."
SIEGFRIED SASSOON: Decorated WW1 soldier, write, poet from the UK. He was deeply affected by what he saw during the war and wrote about the conduct of war. In 1919 he because literary editor of the Daily Herald. He wrote "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer" and "Sherston's Progress" amongst many more. He was included in 1985 among 16 Great War Poets in Westminster Abbey's Poets Corner.