In Memoriam

Graves of the Unknown Dead
Graves of the Unknown Dead, National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
William Henry Jackson, ca. 1900

such a noble sacrifice the forest made
in its battle with the saw
it deserves no less than a full plantation of stumps

erasers white with chalk
erected in loving forgetfulness
of the blackboard

a stone tossed into still water
always lands in the center of a target
of spreading years

how well we know them then
these unknown dead

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  1. A handsome, almost stately poem. This moved me. I don’t think anything has gotten through to me concerning Memorial Day for years before this poem, I’m afraid. Thank you.

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