Leon Gellert

Here you will find the Poem The Last to Leave of poet Leon Gellert

The Last to Leave

The guns were silent, and the silent hills 
had bowed their grasses to a gentle breeze 
I gazed upon the vales and on the rills, 
And whispered, "What of these?' and "What of these? 
These long forgotten dead with sunken graves, 
Some crossless, with unwritten memories 
Their only mourners are the moaning waves, 
Their only minstrels are the singing trees 
And thus I mused and sorrowed wistfully 

I watched the place where they had scaled the height, 
The height whereon they bled so bitterly 
Throughout each day and through each blistered night 
I sat there long, and listened - all things listened too 
I heard the epics of a thousand trees, 
A thousand waves I heard; and then I knew 
The waves were very old, the trees were wise: 
The dead would be remembered evermore- 
The valiant dead that gazed upon the skies, 
And slept in great battalions by the shore.