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Marion Doyle: Mars and Kings have silenced all their singing

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Marion Doyle
Spendidly Dead
(After reading “For Poets Slain in War”)

“Splendidly dead,” who dares such maudlin singing!
Seeger, Kilmer, Pearse, Brooke, and Péguy
Men who would today be gladly bringing
Daring gifts of song to tired humanity,
Sacrificed to Power’s lust for power,
Masked beneath the lie: “For Home and Honor.”
“Splendidly dead”- the pride of manhood’s flower
Crucified upon the cross of horror?

Face the truth: what need now to dissemble?
Mars and Kings have silenced all their singing;
They are dust and yet we start and tremble
At the white dove’s perilous slow winging….

Never I hear of their “splendid dying”
But I hear the voice of lost song crying.

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