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Mary L. Cummins: The News of War

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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

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Mary L. Cummins
The News of War

Thirty thousand men swept away –
Thus comes the dirge from afar,
Thirty thousand on one dread day –
This is the news of war.

Thirty thousand desolate homes,
With women and babes who weep,
Weep for the thirty thousand souls,
Gone to their long, long sleep.

Gone? Cut down without time for thought
Of the God whom they have to face,
With never a friendly hand to mark
Their lonely resting place.

Land is dear bought with the price of blood,
And the breaking of human hearts,
And heavy, indeed, the price we pay
To heal a nation’s smarts.

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