The greatest battle that ever was fought–
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not:
It was fought by the Mothers of Men.

Not with cannon or battle shot,
With sword or nobler pen;
Not with eloquent word or though
From the wonderful minds of men…

No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But, Oh, these battles they last so long–
From babyhood to the grave…

Ho! ye with banners and battle shot,
With soldiers to shout and praise,
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Are fought in silent ways.

-Joaquin Miller