(November 2014)

Format: Triple

Money spent on an Army or Fleet

  Is homicidal lunacy…

My son has been killed in the Mons retreat,

  Why is the Lord afflicting me?
Why are murder, pillage and arson

  And rape allowed by the Deity?
I will write to the Times, deriding our parson

  Because my God has afflicted me.


This is from “Natural Theology” in The Years Between.

They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,

  The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to die in their own dung,

  Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?


This is from “Mesopotamia” in The Years Between

These were our children who died for our lands: they were dear in our sight.
  We have only the memory left of their hometreasured sayings and laughter.
  The price of our loss shall be paid to our hands, not another’s hereafter.
Neither the Alien nor Priest shall decide on it. That is our right.
  But who shall return us the children ?


This is from “The Children”, in Inclusive Verse (1919)