Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.
Poem published in The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard, 21
No stone is set to mark his nation's loss,
No stately tomb enshrines his noble breast;
Not e'en the tribute of a wooden cross
Can mark this hero's rest.
He needs them not, his name untarnished stands,
Remindful of the mighty deeds he worked,
Footprints of one, upon time's changeful sands,
Who ne'er his duty shirked.
Who follows in his steps no danger shuns,
Nor stoops to conquer by a shameful deed,
An honest and unselfish race he runs,
From fear and malice freed.
Eric & Us, A Remembrance of George
Jacintha Buddicom, 1974