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Im Pace Sonorum

Ominously, in the east, do the cursed war clouds gather.
Young men, in ignorance claim, "we are unafraid to die."
Send dispatch riders forth on steeds set to labor and lather.
Ring out wild bells to the wild sky!

Our fathers fathers fathers thought their war would be the last,
No more sons as offerings to Mars, nor widows nor orphans cry.
Sing out then Elders who have seen war's obscenity in the past.
Ring out wild bells to the wild sky!

There be time for peace to reign, as shields and swords but rattle,
And taunts and boasts must still be made before the arrows fly.
God grant us sense to end in joy our thirst for blood and battle.
Ring out wild bells to the wild sky!

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  1. Date: 1/6/2014 12:25:00 AM
    William, ... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. A nice way in starting the year:)- Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

  1. Date: 11/2/2010 8:45:00 PM
    wow, another great poem. I don't know if I have read many of your things or anything at all. (short memory I have) But anyway, this is a great topic you composed that wondrous line around. I just love that line about the wild bells. I used it to pay tribute to its creator and I like what you did with it too! andrea

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 9:38:00 AM
    Seven days in a life raft!!? Wow Will! That had to have been a harrowing experience!! I believe your, "Im Pace Sonorum" is the yearning of every soldier after his first experience with fighting a war. Great piece and it should do well in the contest. I hope that you're doing really well Will. God's blessings to you always, Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 10/31/2010 4:18:00 AM
    an excellent write dear friend :). well i do hope your health is on way to improve! Utah..what an interesting place at times i am sure. anyway, this had a great opening just thought i would point that out. good to hear from you again hope all is well. --Madison

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 12:35:00 PM
    I am just starting to read today and I must say there are some exceptional poems posted. Glad yours was included in my reading today Bill. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 7:38:00 AM
    Thanks for supporting my contest, William

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 12:54:00 AM
    'Ring out wild bells to the wild sky'. .i love this verse and the poem's message. .Wars are never ending,so it seems!Celene.