WARNING

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 20th January 2008, 00:00

Heed not the drum’s inspiring note,
nor the splendour of flags unfurled;
because pageantry bright of martial might,
can endanger a peaceful world.

Hear not inanely loyal cries,
lauding Homeland, if wrong or right;
for each dangerous phrase of misplaced praise,
aids the brutal that crave to fight.

’Tis not to deprecate the deeds
of the heroes who fought and fell;
that these cautioning lines show adverse signs,
but to teach what the dead would tell.

T. C. Hudson
16th September 1938

© T. C. Hudson.

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