I heard this poem a while back, and wanted to share it today on Memorial Day.
I won't say much about it; I think it speaks for itself. But I will recommend that you listen to this recording of the author reading it aloud
Whatever your views on war and the military, I hope you'll spare a thought for those who served and sacrificed.The Long Shadow of Lincoln: A Litany
CARL SANDBURG, 1945
(We can succeed only by concert. . . . The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves. . . . December 1, 1862. The President’s Message to Congress.)
Be sad, be cool, be kind,
remembering those now dreamdust
hallowed in the ruts and gullies,
solemn bones under the smooth blue sea,
faces warblown in a falling rain.
Be a brother, if so can be,
to those beyond battle fatigue
each in his own corner of earth
or forty fathoms undersea
beyond all boom of guns,
beyond any bong of a great bell,
each with a bosom and number,
each with a pack of secrets,
each with a personal dream and doorway
and over them now the long endless winds
with the low healing song of time,
the hush and sleep murmur of time.( Read more...Collapse )
Hope you had a great holiday weekend!