‘Glory?’ by Enri Vilmos The Society April 23, 2015 Culture, Poetry Record the past and gift-wrap the future Explain the rules of classical culture Listen to the stories plaintively wrought In candlelit taverns for the heroes that fought In wars long-forgotten except by the brave And mothers that weep and pray at the grave – Of each and every valiant young son – Because honor demanded the battle is won! The poets of fancy in a peacock display Feather their lines in a frivolous way The flag-waving faceless bask in the glory Of those not able to tell the true story Marooned or dead on a far distant shore “God, King, and Country,” each one swore! Honor required that they should be bold And they were, those boys, now silent and cold The tanks roll forward with evil intent The infernal gunfire does not relent Shells explode and the enemy attack The cowards that flee are shot in the back As bombs erupt and bullets of steel Shatter frail bodies that no longer feel The pain and torment of this evil world And in their absence the flags are unfurled The Unknown Soldier honored beneath The Cenotaph receives a poppy wreath Silent we stand as the bells strike eleven! And prayers are said for the brave men – Taken in battle and remembered now As the heroes that fought row upon row Solid and strong and they did not retreat Valiant and brave the foe to defeat! Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.