World War I:
Soldier’s war poetry.
“The Wind in the Trees”
S. Donald Cox
Wind! Wind! what do you bring?
With the whirling flake and the flying cloud?
A victor’s bays and a song to sing?
—Nay, but a hero’s shroud!
Wild wind! what do you bear—
A song of the men who fought and fell,
A tale of the strong to do and dare?
—Aye, and a tolling bell!
Wind! wind! what do you see—
The flying flags and the soldiers brave,
The marching men, the bold and free?
—Nay, but a new-dug grave!
Wild wind! what do you moan
To the frosty night and the cloud-wracked sky?
—A soldier’s cross, a father’s groan,
And a mother’s hopeless cry!