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Florence Earle Coates: War


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

Florence Earle Coates: The New Mars


Florence Earle Coates

The serpent-horror writhing in her hair,
And crowning cruel brows bent o’er the ground
That she would crimson now from many a wound,
Medusa-like, I seem to see her there –
War! with her petrifying eyes astare –
And can no longer listen to the sound
Of song-birds in the harvest fields around;
Such prophecies do her mute lips declare.

Evils? Can any greater be than they
That troop licentious in her brutal train?
Unvindicated honour? She brings shame –
Shame more appalling than men dare to name,
Betraying them that die and them that slay,
And making of this earth a hell of pain!

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