Shared by Ken Marshall
Painting by Nico M. Peeters
I suppose they’ll say his last thoughts were of simple things.
Of April back home and the late sun on his wings.
Or that he murmured someone’s name,
As earth reclaimed him sheathed in flame.
Oh God! Let’s have no more of empty words,
Lip service ornamenting death!
The worms don’t spare the hero;
Nor can children feed upon resounding praises of his deed.
« He died who loved to live, » they’ll say,
« Unselfishly so we might have today! »
Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
He died, that’s all. It was his unlucky night.