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Friday, February 13, 2004

War Poetry
A Marvelous Collection of Poetry since the beginning of the war to the present.

My favorite:
We conclude this Day of Poetry for the War with Mark Lukey's "Stand," a sonnet that pays tribute to American resolve:

There comes a time to stand for what you know
To be the right, whatever be the cost.
Then get you up to speak, or do, or go
To fill some gaping breach, though you be tossed
From wave to towering wave, while dervish winds
Pull sail from yard, and blind your eyes with spray.
Do what you must; go fight beside your friends;
Do what you can, and more; go seize the day.
Fear not the foe, and damn the shores alee.
To win the fight, you must run to the van.
The valiant prisoner's heart may yet be free;
The coward's heart is chained, and never can.
Go fight your fight; you must do what you ought.
It's better fought and lost than never fought.

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