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Ellis Parker Butler - Song For Heroes

Captain O’Hare was a mariner brave;
He refused to abandon his ship;
A hero, he sleeps in a watery grave—
And his widow is now Mrs. Bipp,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Bipp!

Henri Dupont was a fearless young ace;
Five thousand feet up he was hit;
Each year on his grave pretty flowers we place—
And his widow is now Mrs. Schmitt,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Schmitt!

Corporal Dunn was a volunteer bold;
He plunged in the deadliest fray;
A bayonet thrust laid him out stony cold—
And his widow is now Mrs. Gray,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Gray!

But Peter McGuck was a cowardly sneak,
Like a hound he remained home in fear;
When fishing one day he fell into the creek—
And his widow is now Mrs. Greer,
      Haw! Haw! Haw!
Mrs. William O’Houlihan Greer!

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Poet: Ellis Parker Butler
Poem: Song For Heroes
Volume: New Yorker
Year: Published/Written in 1930
Poem of the Day: Oct 30 2007

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 24th, 2012 at 3:03 AM.

I joined Friends of Heroes (back when it was Friends of Allie) beuscae I knew in my heart that it was something I had to do. When I looked at all of these beautiful children who had cancer, I knew I had to make a difference to help find a cure!

Noridah from Taiwan
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 30th, 2007 at 4:31 PM.

i like humour in poetry, this poem contains a lot and tell us also about fate, whatever you do...

islander from France

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