Louise Imogen Guiney

(1861 - 1920 / United States)

Among The Flags

Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney

In Doric Hall, Massachussetts State House

Dear witnesses, all-luminous, eloquent,
Stacked thickly on the tessellated floor!
The soldier-blood stirs in me, as of yore
In sire and grandsire who to battle went:
I seem to know the shaded valley tent,
The armed and bearded men, the thrill of war,
Horses that prance to hear the cannon roar,
Shrill bugle-calls, and camp-fire merriment.

And as fair symbols of heroic things,
Not void of tears mine eyes must e'en behold
These banners lovelier as the deeper marred:
A panegyric never writ for kings
On every tarnished staff and tattered fold;
And by them, tranquil spirits standing guard.

Comments about Among The Flags by Louise Imogen Guiney

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/3/2019 12:30:00 PM)

    Symbols of heroic things.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/3/2019 9:19:00 AM)

    A beautifully crafted war heroics and it's sentiments. A well deserved classic indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic Windram (9/3/2019 4:54:00 AM)

    Although I don't appreciate the pro war sentiment expressed in this particular poem, I concede that it is exceedingly well written with poignant imagery evident throughout.(Report)Reply

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  • Uche NwanzeUche Nwanze (9/3/2019 3:52:00 AM)

    ''And as fair symbols of heroic things, not void of years of mine eyes mustee 'en behold'.

    Beautifully crafter piece.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003