Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

For A War Memorial - Poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton


The hucksters haggle in the mart
The cars and carts go by;
Senates and schools go droning on;
For dead things cannot die.

A storm stooped on the place of tombs
With bolts to blast and rive;
But these be names of many men
The lightning found alive.

If usurers rule and rights decay
And visions view once more
Great Carthage like a golden shell
Gape hollow on the shore,

Still to the last of crumbling time
Upon this stone be read
How many men of England died
To prove they were not dead.

Comments about For A War Memorial by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • Susan Williams (2/11/2017 3:10:00 PM)

    Poem after poem I find he is a poet most profound. Thank you PH for bringing him to our attention. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/11/2017 10:58:00 AM)

    dead things can not die. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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