Epigraph: No, no, not that - it's bad to think of war,
When thoughts you've gagged all day come back to scare you;
And its been proved that soldiers don't go mad
Draw a deep breath; stop thinking; count fifteen,
And you're as right as rain...
Why won't it rain?.....
I wish there'd be a thunder-storm to-night,
With bucketsful of water to sluice the dark,
And make the roses hang their dripping heads.
(from Repression of War Experience, Siegfried Sassoon, July 1917)