Week 27: Epitaph for Anton Schmidt, by Thom Gunn

He never did mistake for bondage
The military job, the chances,
The limits; he did not submit
To the blackmail of his circumstance.

I see him in the Polish snow,
His muddy wrappings small protection,
Breathing the cold air of his freedom
And treading a distinct direction.

Source: Week 27: Epitaph for Anton Schmidt, by Thom Gunn

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Week 27: Epitaph for Anton Schmidt, by Thom Gunn

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