Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PARADE, by EDITH LOVELL

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PARADE, by                    
First Line: I don't know why
Last Line: "and life to maim humanity."
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Parades; Women; Anti-war Protests

I don't know why
I want to cry
When I see a parade
Go marching by,
I cannot see
Why I should be
So suffocated, so afraid
When people march light-heartedly.

Unless the beat
Of marching feet
Echoes upon the blood and grime
Of some far-off and ancient street;
Unless, perhaps, this woman's heart
Remembers how to play the part
Of woman since the dawn of time
When soldiers off to battle start.

Though mine may be a craven soul
A voice has whispered low to me:
"You were not given flesh and blood
And life to maim humanity."

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