Dispatches from Geezerville
That is only partly true. All in the grave are certainly equal, in that they are dead.But a coward in the grave is not the equal of a brave man. Never will be.
For the record, I came across this quote 30-odd years ago while writing a Memorial Day speech for Congressman Jake Pickle.I liked it then and like it today.Go pee on somebody else's grave.
Wonder whether the South Plainsman's epitaph will specify heroism or cowardice.Channel FiringThat night your great guns, unawares,Shook all our coffins as we lay,And broke the chancel window-squares,We thought it was the Judgment-dayAnd sat upright. While drearisomeArose the howl of wakened hounds:The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,The worms drew back into the mounds,The glebe cow drooled. Till God called, "No;It's gunnery practice out at seaJust as before you went below;The world is as it used to be:"All nations striving strong to makeRed war yet redder. Mad as hattersThey do no more for Christés sakeThan you who are helpless in such matters."That this is not the judgment-hourFor some of them's a blessed thing,For if it were they'd have to scourHell's floor for so much threatening ...."Ha, ha. It will be warmer whenI blow the trumpet (if indeedI ever do; for you are men,And rest eternal sorely need)."So down we lay again. "I wonder,Will the world ever saner be,"Said one, "than when He sent us underIn our indifferent century!"And many a skeleton shook his head."Instead of preaching forty year,"My neighbour Parson Thirdly said,"I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer."Again the guns disturbed the hour,Roaring their readiness to avenge,As far inland as Stourton Tower,And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge. -- Thomas Hardy
Post a Comment