Maggie Butt

Armistice Conditions

Peace at last darling.

The thought of it is so big.

Armistice – the end of organized murder –
this monstrous bloodshed, this colossal waste!
The useless sacrifices. The waste of it all.

I have just read the armistice conditions
and now I see the real ideals for which the money-grubbing
lawyers of the 23 nations have been fighting.

Here one is living among the defeated …
it is upon their fathers, their mothers,
their relatives and friends that these conditions
of slavery have been imposed.

The whole of Germany, one great internment camp.

I see the child of this very day,
like a ghost, haunting the future,
another war.

RH Sauter
Extract from letter, November 11th 1918