Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

A Plea


Why need we newer arms invent,
Poor peoples to destroy?
With what we have let's be content
And perfect their employ.
With weapons that may millions kill,
Why should we seek for more,
A brighter spate of blood to spill,
A deeper sea of gore?

The lurid blaze of atom light
Vast continents will blind,
And steep in centuries of night
Despairing humankind.
So let's be glad for gun and blade,
To fight with honest stuff:
Are tank, block-buster, hand-grenade
And napalm not enough?

Oh to go back a thousand years
When arrows winged their way,
When foemen fell upon the spears
And swords were swung to slay!
Behold! Belching in Heaven black
Mushrooms obscene!
Dear God, the brave days give us back,
When wars were clean!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: heaven, sea, light, god, night, war

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Plea by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. It isn't easy!, Lubinda Lubinda
  2. I Am Third, Perry Biggerstaff
  3. The Nigeria Political Vampires, Chinweokwu Sunlight M. Ndubu ..
  4. Alack! Afore! Alack! Afore!, Dexsta Ray
  5. WAR modern art-form of meaninglessness, George Dee Vuy
  6. I let myself, Elena Ioannou
  7. Love Is Hard, Is It Poetry
  8. Broken Waves, Pintu Mahakul
  9. PH: Poetry Writing: In Poetry, Brian Johnston
  10. Moving Out, Adriana Avila
[Hata Bildir]