Frederick Kesner

Bronze Star - 2,492 Points (28 August / St. Thomas University Hospital)

Taking Up Arms - Poem by Frederick Kesner


War is come upon us,
Imposing our timid nation
To rise up and take arms.

I will march off along
With the rest of your sons
To that sea of blood,

Supplied by the rivers
Of our throbbing wounds;
While honour and patriotism
Collide in barbaric swill -

Tearing open our bodies
In those fields of hate
Of that cold strange land.
This war is not our own;

We did not ask this.
But as sons of our Fatherland,
We march off to war -
To fill that crimson sea.


Topic(s) of this poem: battle, conflict, war

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 29, 2004

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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