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Fleurette Analysis

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(The Wounded Canadian Speaks)

My leg? It's off at the knee.

Do I miss it? Well, some. You see

    I've had it since I was born;

    And lately a devilish corn.

(I rather chuckle with glee

    To think how I've fooled that corn.)

But I'll hobble around all right.

    It isn't that, it's my face.

Oh I know I'm a hideous sight,

    Hardly a thing in place;

Sort of gargoyle, you'd say.

    Nurse won't give me a glass,

    But I see the folks as they pass

Shudder and turn away;

    Turn away in distress . . .

    Mirror enough, I guess.

I'm gay! You bet I AM gay;

    But I wasn't a while ago.

If you'd seen me even to-day,

    The darndest picture of woe,

With this Caliban mug of mine,

    So ravaged and raw and red,

Turned to the wall -- in fine,

    Wishing that I was dead. . . .

What has happened since then,

    Since I lay with my face to the wall,

The most despairing of men?

    Listen! I'll tell you all.

That poilu across the way,

    With the shrapnel wound in his head,

Has a sister: she came to-day

    To sit awhile by his bed.

All morning I heard him fret:

    "Oh, when will she come, Fleurette?"

Then sudden, a joyous cry;

    The tripping of little feet,

The softest, tenderest sigh,

    A voice so fresh and sweet;

Clear as a silver bell,

    Fresh as the morning dews:

"C'est toi, c'est toi, Marcel!

    Mon frère, comme je suis heureuse!"

So over the blanket's rim

    I raised my terrible face,

And I saw -- how I envied him!

    A girl of such delicate grace;

Sixteen, all laughter and love;

    As gay as a linnet, and yet

As tenderly sweet as a dove;

    Half woman, half child -- Fleurette.

Then I turned to the wall again.

    (I was awfully blue, you see),

And I thought with a bitter pain:

    "Such visions are not for me."

So there like a log I lay,

    All hidden, I thought, from view,

When sudden I heard her say:

    "Ah! Who is that malheureux?"

Then briefly I heard him tell

    (However he came to know)

How I'd smothered a bomb that fell

    Into the trench, and so

None of my men were hit,

    Though it busted me up a bit.

Well, I didn't quiver an eye,

    And he chattered and there she sat;

And I fancied I heard her sigh --

    But I wouldn't just swear to that.

And maybe she wasn't so bright,

    Though she talked in a merry strain,

And I closed my eyes ever so tight,

    Yet I saw her ever so plain:

Her dear little tilted nose,

    Her delicate, dimpled chin,

Her mouth like a budding rose,

    And the glistening pearls within;

Her eyes like the violet:

Such a rare little queen -- Fleurette.

And at last when she rose to go,

    The light was a little dim,

And I ventured to peep, and so

    I saw her, graceful and slim,

And she kissed him and kissed him, and oh

    How I envied and envied him!

So when she was gone I said

    In rather a dreary voice

To him of the opposite bed:

    "Ah, friend, how you must rejoice!

But me, I'm a thing of dread.

    For me nevermore the bliss,

    The thrill of a woman's kiss."

Then I stopped, for lo! she was there,

    And a great light shone in her eyes;

And me! I could only stare,

    I was taken so by surprise,

When gently she bent her head:

    "May I kiss you, Sergeant?" she said.

Then she kissed my burning lips

    With her mouth like a scented flower,

And I thrilled to the finger-tips,

    And I hadn't even the power

To say: "God bless you, dear!"

And I felt such a precious tear

    Fall on my withered cheek,

    And darn it! I couldn't speak.

And so she went sadly away,

    And I knew that my eyes were wet.

Ah, not to my dying day

    Will I forget, forget!

Can you wonder now I am gay?

    God bless her, that little Fleurette!


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| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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