Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|I Sing the Battle|
(From The Cry of Youth)
By Harry Kemp
(A young American poet who has wandered over the world as sailor, harvest hand and tramp; born 1883)
|I SING the song of the great clean guns that belch forth death at will.|
|Ah, but the wailing mothers, the lifeless forms and still!|
|I sing the songs of the billowing flags, the bugles that cry before.|
|Ah, but the skeletons flapping rags, the lips that speak no more!|
|I sing the clash of bayonets and sabres that flash and cleave.|| 5|
|And wilt thou sing the maimed ones, too, that go with pinned-up sleeve?|
|I sing acclaimèd generals that bring the victory home.|
|Ah, but the broken bodies that drip like honey-comb!|
|I sing of hearts triumphant, long ranks of marching men.|
|And wilt thou sing the shadowy hosts that never march again?|| 10|