Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Grass

If you ever get the chance to listen to a recording of Carl Sandberg....reciting his poem, THE'll never forget it.  -Ed

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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

Carl Sandburg reading THE GRASS

[Unidentified girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat]Unidentified girl in mourning dress.