Bears witness through written word,
Records it line by line:
The song of the earth: its painful cry,
Behind smiling face that says its fine.
Such duty it is the poets lot
Who in verse writing peace does seek
Cause wars of their own known to theirs alone
Artistic temperment being unique.
But the verses left that they have written –
To be read in the coming years –
Shall be worth it all: we all are human
We all shed and cause tears.
Dedicated to the memory of John Montague.