A Poem for Memorial Day 2016

I know Memorial Day is technically tomorrow.

But as this is technically also Memorial Day weekend, I’m sharing this poem with you today.

Grass

By Carl Sandburg

. . .

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.

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