A Message for Today
The Poets & The War XLIII
This is our anguish and our privilege
To live through sombre hours and shadowed days.
We own no safe and easy heritage.
We tread no pleasant paths, no sheltered ways.
Yet chosen for the greatness of this need,
We will not shirk the load – content to stand
Against the dark, steadfast in word and deed,
That justice may not perish from the land.
Of all Time's children we hold proudest place
(Called to endure, to walk with danger near),
Who trained by life, may look into the face –
The sudden face of death, and have no fear.