Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

(25 November 1875 – 15 August 1928 / Canada)

Killed In Action - Poem by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

MY father lived his three-score years; my son lived twenty-two;
One looked long back on work well done, and one had all to do--
Yet which the better served his world, I know not, nor do you!

Life taught my father all her lore till he grew wise and gray,
She did but whisper to my son before she turned away--
Yet which her deepest secret held only they two might say.

Peace brought my father restful days, with love and fame for wage;
War gave my son an unmarked grave and an unwritten page--
Who shall declare which gift conveyed the greater heritage?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 6, 2010



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