Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans' Day - a poem

The Dead
By Rupert Brooke

BLOW out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.
These laid the world away; poured out the red
Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene,
That men call age; and those who would have been,
Their sons, they gave, their immortality.

Blow, bugles, blow! They brought us, for our dearth,
Holiness, lacked so long, and Love, and Pain.
Honour has come back, as a king, to earth,
And paid his subjects with a royal wage;
And Nobleness walks in our ways again;
And we have come into our heritage.

For the full poem, which continues, see Bartleby link
I do not support the war, but with all my heart, I honor the military personnel who are fulfilling their duty, despite lack of proper support from their government.

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