Home > Uncategorized > Edythe C. Toner: The Wraiths

Edythe C. Toner: The Wraiths


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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war


Edythe C. Toner
The Wraiths

Hosts of the martyred dead!
In dreams I see them pass –
Pale, wistful shadows
In their march
Upon the soundless grass.
And gleaming with the lustre
Of a star strewn sky,
I see long rows
Of glistening stones
Which mark the place of rest
Of these
Who now pass by!

I hear no sound of music
But a muffled drum
Beating a slow retreat….
A bugle in the distance
Calling: “Come!”
And back in the void they go,
These sad, reproachful young
And silent wraiths.

Then: From out the cool-gray depths
Of darkling forest glen
Which held these lads
Within its drear retreat
I hear a cry!
…As the eternal billows’ hollow beat
Upon the shore which bounds
The longing Sea
From out the melancholy distance
…Back to me!
Should we who were so young
And so in love with life,
Thus die…Thus die?”

Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: