The Great War

from War: an Ode And Other Poems, an electronic edition

"The Husk of Life"

O, THE husk of life your hearts have cast away,

There is nought between your subtle souls and God;

And your eyes are bright with the light of a larger day.

And with wings your shoulders are clad, and your feet are shod.

Mighty Love in your nostrils has breathed, and made

Your spirits fervid, and faithful, and unafraid,

Alive with a life that knows nor decay, nor death,

Fed by eternal tides of immortal breath.