For here at Monte Cassino, they fought and died
Englishmen, Pole, American, and Free French, tired –
– Men under Benedictine walls, savage souls, wide –
– Is their berth to the other shore – may they sail well
This land too far off Poland belongs – acquired
And staked out with each cross and grave – or where each fell
Tell me, General Anders –
– Why is your name not a household word in the West?
Are the contributions of –
– Some more uncomfortable than those of the others?
For in the bombed-out end – tell me who really cares?
Are not the dead by their glory at peace and blessed
Is not the act of lion-like bravery truth’s love?
Here at your feet rest the sons of Polish mothers.
When on the eighteenth of May the guns finally ceased
It is the German defeat the victors witnessed
And it is on a Polish flag their eyes laid feast
The wind blew it tight reflecting the sun on white.