Instructions from England by Valentine Ackland

Note nothing of why or how, enquire
no deeper than you need
into what set these veins on fire,
note simply that they bleed.

Spain fought before and fights again,
better no question why;
note churches burned and popes in pain
but not the men who die.

From: http://hellopoetry.com/poem/instructions-from-england/?l=poems-by-poet:valentine-ackland:popular

Date: 1936

By: Valentine Ackland (1906-1969)

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