Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

(25 November 1875 – 15 August 1928 / Canada)

The Returned Man - Poem by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

THEY thought that he would come back
Quieter,
Less boyish,
But still a hero with tales to tell.
So, when there were no tales,
Only blank silences--
When he lay for hours
Staring through leafing branches
And forgot them
Utterly--
They tried to arouse him, saying:
'The war is over.'
But when he turned on them
His shadowed eyes
They stammered--
Knowing that they lied!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 6, 2010



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