Monday, May 25, 2009

For Memorial Day

They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast,
And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
~Will Carleton

REMEMBER... HONOR... FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Grass

PILE the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work--

I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg

And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.

Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:

What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.


Sandburg, Carl. 1918. Cornhuskers.


3 comments:

furiousBall said...

hope you have a nice holiday weekend amiga

The Preacherman said...

we aren't dead....yet....so enjoy life babe!! It's for the living xx

g-man said...

Hope you had a good remembrance. The last one was thought provoking.