Who Made The Law – Leslie Coulson

The below poem was written by Leslie Coulson. For those who dont know, he was an English journalist and a poet of the First World War. I am currently reading In Flanders Fields which features this poem. 

I wanted to share this poem as I feel this is just as poignant now as it was then, possibly more so as we never seem to learn from our terrible mistakes.

Who made the Law that men should die in shadows ?
Who spake the word that blood should splash in lanes ?
Who gave it forth that gardens should be bone-yards ?
Who spread the hills with flesh, and blood, and brains ?
Who made the Law ?

Who made the Law that Death should stalk the village ?
Who spake the word to kill among the sheaves,
Who gave it forth that death should lurk in hedgerows,
Who flung the dead among the fallen leaves ?
Who made the Law ?

But who made the Law ? the Trees shall whisper to him:
‘See, see the blood – the splashes on our bark !’
Walking the meadows, he shall hear bones crackle,
And fleshless mouths shall gibber in silent lanes at dark.
Who made the Law ? At noon upon the hillside
His ears shall hear a moan, his cheeks shall feel a breath,
And all along the valleys, past gardens, croft, and homesteads,
HE who made the Law,
He who made the Law,
He who made the Law
shall walk along with Death.
WHO made the Law ?

Leslie Coulson – 19 Jul 1889 – 08 Oct 1916
(poem sourced from Poem Hunter on Google. Image sourced from Google, unknown)

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