Friday, May 29, 2015

For a War Memorial

Traveling and starting a new job prevented me from marking Memorial Day on the blog. Below is my belated contribution

For a War Memorial
by G.K. Chesterton

(Suggested Inscription probably not selected by the Committee.)

The hucksters haggle in the mart
The cars and carts go by;
Senates and schools go droning on;
For dead things cannot die.


A storm stooped on the place of tombs
With bolts to blast and rive;
But these be names of many men
The lightning found alive.


If usurers rule and rights decay
And visions view once more
Great Carthage like a golden shell
Gape hollow on the shore,


Still to the last of crumbling time
Upon this stone be read
How many men of England died
To prove they were not dead.