Learn More

Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

Memorial Day


"Dulce et decorum est"

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: freedom, faith, strength, music, war, children, peace, red, fire, sky, death, god, soldier, rose, child

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Memorial Day by Joyce Kilmer )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 224 Points Joe Breunig (12/20/2011 6:23:00 AM)

    A marvelous piece; there's nothing glamorous about war, yet soldiers give their most precious asset for God, Country and Duty - a debt that can never be repaid by us; therefore, we must honor them, remember their sacrifices and live as free men.

    -Joe Breunig
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  2. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski
  3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  10. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Insanity, Michael P. McParland
  2. Invisible, Michael P. McParland
  3. A Journey in a Winter Morning, Kumarmani Mahakul
  4. The Uninvited Guests, Tony Adah
  5. I Am Not Evil, Michael P. McParland
  6. Great Black Spectre, Michael P. McParland
  7. I can not substitute the present for the.., cristobal Benjumea
  8. I am not responsible for the passed, cristobal Benjumea
  9. I'm So Sorry, Michael P. McParland
  10. Avoiding, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]