Leon Gellert

(1892 - 1977 / Australia)

The Cross - Poem by Leon Gellert

'I wear a cross of bronze,' he said,
'and men have told me I was brave.'
He turned his head,
And pointing to a grave,
'they told me that my work of war was done.'
His fierce mouth set.
'and yet, and yet…..'
he trembled where he stood,
'and yet, and yet'…..
I have not won
That broken cross of wood.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 5, 2010

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