Journal For Poetry Challenge# 22/04/2012

Thomas Lansing Masson  (1866-1934) was an American editor and author, born at Essex Connecticut, and educated in the public school of New Haven.

Thomas L Masson

He became literary editor of Life in 1893 and a regular contributor of humorous articles to various magazines. As an editor, he was responsible for Humorous Masterpieces of American Literature (1904); In Merry Measure (1905); The Humor of Love in Verse and Prose (1906); The Best Stories in the World (1914)



Out where the line of battle cleaves
The horizon of woe
And sightless warriors clutch the leaves
The Red Cross nurses go.
In where the cots of agony mark death’s unmeasured tide–
Bear up the battle’s harvestry —
The Red Cross nurses glide.

Look! Where the hell of steel has torn
Its way through slumbering earth
The orphaned urchins kneel forlorn
And wonder at their birth.
Until, above them, calm and wise
With smile and guiding hand,
God looking through their gentle eyes,
The Red Cross nurses stand.

By: Thomas L. Masson

This poem speaks of the bravery of the young women who joined the Red Cross nurses. They came from all layers of the class system, Ladies, middle class women and working class girls. They all mixed in together and for a while the demarcation lines of class disappeared. Some of the young women had never been away from home before and found it extremely difficult to cope, but cope most of them did  during training and on the front line .

They were extremely brave and worked in the trenches and on the front lines. They were unarmed . The worked abroad at the theatres of war and at home in huge country and town houses of the rich who turned their homes over to the war department as hospitals and nursing homes. The Nurses worked in India, Africa, France, Singapore in fact on every battle front .

The Red Cross of America were also very involved in the war efforts, first second and Vietnamese war. Not only did they care for the troops they also looked after children who were orphaned or injured when caught up in  the war’s onward march.

The poem sings their praises and their praises should be sung they were all very very brave women.

Poetry Challenge #7 is to create a journal of links and your reactions to poems by established (living or dead poets.) Details are here.  Example response is here. Mr. Linky for Challenge #7 is directly below:

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. granbee
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 16:58:58

    A very, very wonderful ode honoring the Red Cross nurses! So glad you pointed out the crossing of all socioeconomic lines in recruiting and accepting women for duty as Red Cross nurses!


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