Treasure Island

Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

White-Collar Spaniard


We have no heart for civil strife,
Our burdens we prefer to bear;
We long to live a peaceful life
And claim of happiness our share.
If only to be clothed and fed
And see our children laugh and play -
That means a lot when all is said,
In this grim treadmill of today.

The price of manhood is too high
When leap the sacrificial flames;
For Justice we refuse to die:
Honour and Pride are empty names.
We will not play the martyr's part,
We will not perish for a Cause;
Leave that to fools - with humble heart
We live according to the Laws.

For see! Comes up the city street,
Communion-clad a shining band
Of timy children, angel-sweet,
Singing and holding hand in hand . . .
So let Might triumph over Right;
From sufferance content we take:
We fight because we do not fight,
And it is for our children's sake.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: justice, children, angel, happiness, city, pride, today, heart, life, child

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 (White-Collar Spaniard by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Global Village, Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. PRETTY GOOD START.., ging taping
  3. Draw me in your heart, Nehemiah Theophylus Haokip
  4. The thirst is a thorn., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  5. Simple toys, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Acquaintance across the gender, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  7. Begining of my love, Nehemiah Theophylus Haokip
  8. What is all truth, Nehemiah Theophylus Haokip
  9. Let all people, hasmukh amathalal
  10. To be successful…, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Farewell, Anne Brontë

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]