In Memoriam: Louise Michel
From The Libertarian Labyrinth
IN MEMORIAM: LOUISE MICHEL
January 9, mcmv
By Richard Ellis Roberts
- Red Virgin! whose impassioned war
- Was waged against the high and cruel,
- Ever before thee, like a star,
- Shone the imperishable jewel
- Of Peace and Love and Brotherhood;
- And if, while gazing at the sky,
- At times you stumbled into blood
- And soil'd the skirts of Liberty:
- Shall he condemn, who, safe from smutch,
- At politics discreetly gambles,
- You who loved Light and Life so much,
- You sought them through the reeking shambles?
- Wild prophetess of Freedom's cause!
- Who, in your mad revolt from awe,
- Broke through divine and human laws
- To herald in the Larger Law,
- You err'd: by older, slower ways
- The kingdom is more surely built;
- And freedom yet shall have due praise,
- Although no Thiers' blood be spilt.
- But though the reckless deeds you wrought,
- Lost in a mist of blood, Louise,
- Shall be forgot, your master-thought
- Shall triumph o'er the centuries.
- Richard Ellis Roberts, "In Memoriam: Louise Michel," Poems (London: Brimley Johnson & Ince, Ltd., 1906): 65-66.