But I was Looking at the Permanent Stars
by Wilfred Owen
Bugles sang, saddening the evening air, And bugles answered, sorrowful to hear.
Voices of boys were by the river-side. Sleep mothered them; and left the twilight sad. The shadow of the morrow weighed on men.
Voices of old despondency resigned, Bowed by the shadow of the morrow, slept.
( ) dying tone Of receding voices that will not return. The wailing of the high far-travelling shells And the deep cursing of the provoking ( )
The monstrous anger of our taciturn guns. The majesty of the insults of their mouths.
Source: The Poems of Wilfred Owen, edited by Jon Stallworthy (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1986)