The Noble Unnumbered

The Noble Unnumbered
A poem about Life and the Noble Unnumbered - dedicated to animal rights activists and environmental activists, after The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Life’s in need, life’s in need,
Life’s in need deeply.
Life’s a joy and wonder,
T’is a crime of man to plunder.
Forward, the Life Brigade!
Our charge? To lend life aid.
We’re the unnumbered!

Advance, the Life Brigade,        
To force man’s crime forbade.
Abused, razed, eaten,
Each living life suffers
To oblivion or extinction.
Life we love so well,
Our foe flings all to hell!
For life we thunder,
We, the unnumbered!

Onward, the Life Brigade!
Shall we strain dismayed
‘gainst overwhelming power
To blot, wreck, destroy, devour?
Ours not to be afraid.   
Ours not to be a swayed.
Ours but to be a blade.
For life we thunder,
We, the unnumbered!

Critics to the right of us,
Critics to the left of us,
Critics in front of us.
Battered by words that sell,
We dodge, foil, repel.
But destroyers and slayers,
Beware our scorning sabres.
For life we thunder,
We, the unnumbered!

Our dealings? We are fair,
Violence we do forswear;
Our morality is of care.
We inspire, motivate
And gladly labour,
Rightly and strongly,
To save all nature.
For life we thunder,
We, the unnumbered!

When will life’s glory fade?
Not while fights the Life Brigade.
Honour life’s glory,
Magnificent wonder!
Honour the Life Brigade,
Noble without number!