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Discussion in 'Poetry Corner' started by Percy, Nov 26, 2004.

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  1. At the risk of being accused of being maudlin I found this poem by Charles M Province quite moving:

    It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

    It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

    It is the soldier, not the campus organiser, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

    It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

    It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

    Sentimentality over - Friday evening time for a beer.
  2. Percy, top posting.

    Beebs x
  3. Poem: Sonnet To Liberty

    Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyes
    See nothing save their own unlovely woe,
    Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know, -
    But that the roar of thy Democracies,
    Thy reigns of Terror, thy great Anarchies,
    Mirror my wildest passions like the sea
    And give my rage a brother -! Liberty!
    For this sake only do thy dissonant cries
    Delight my discreet soul, else might all kings
    By bloody knout or treacherous cannonades
    Rob nations of their rights inviolate
    And I remain unmoved - and yet, and yet,
    These Christs that die upon the barricades,
    God knows it I am with them, in some things.

    Oscar Wilde 1881