Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I WILL NOT FIGHT, by ADA HILTON DAVIES



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I WILL NOT FIGHT, by            
First Line: I will not bear my country's arms again
Last Line: To conquer for these profit-lords more spoil.
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Anti-war Protests


I will not bear my country's arms again
In foreign war. I will not fight and spill
The pulsing life of other chosen men
To guard the gains of trade. My heart and will
Shall not be blinded, led to slaughter, sold
By marketmasters as their slaves. My blood
Belongs to home-land, whose defense I hold
My duty and my privilege. No flood
Of greed-spawned lies shall bear me overseas
To kill the sons of other mothers, or
To die, fetching for commerce-kings their keys,
Patterned in power-lust, reeking, red with war --
I will not fight in war on foreign soil,
To conquer for these profit-lords more spoil.





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