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Monday, May 25, 2009

Keeping the memory...

Dirge for Two Veterens
By Walt Whitman
THE last sunbeam
Lightly falls from the finish'd Sabbath,
On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking,
Down a new-made double grave.

Lo, the moon ascending,
Up from the east the silvery round moon,
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon,
Immense and silent moon.

I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-key'd bugles,
All the channels of the city streets they're flooding,
As with voices and with tears.

I hear the great drums pounding,
And the small drums steady whirring,
And every blow of the great convulsive drums,
Strikes me through and through.

For the son is brought with the father,
(In the foremost ranks of the fierce assault they fell,
Two veterans son and father dropt together,
And the double grave awaits them.)

Now nearer blow the bugles,
And the drums strike more convulsive,
And the daylight o'er the pavement quite has faded,
And the strong dead-march enwraps me.

In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumin'd,
('Tis some mother's large transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)

O strong dead-march you please me!
O moon immense with your silvery face you soothe me!
O my soldiers twain! O my veterans passing to burial!
What I have I also give you.

The moon gives you light,
And the bugles and the drums give you music,
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
My heart gives you love.

24 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Happy Memorial Day, Kathy.

ScoMan said...

You Americans are such show offs with your big occassions.

Do you want to know what our thing is for Anzac Day?

It's..

With the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We shall remember them
Lest we forget

See, it's straight to the point?

Kidding. I did enjoy that one. It tells a story. It puts you there. It makes you think and feel, and I guess that is the point.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Poignant.

Yaya said...

This is beautiful.
Happy memorial Day.

I think Laoch of Chicago is on a one-word-comment trend! Love it! That's totally something I would do.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Thanks for posting this poem. It's thoughtful and beautiful.

Ginger said...

LOVELY! Happy Memorial Day!

Anonymous said...

Nice. Love MOM Hello Gibby

Bunnylord said...

I miss the good old days when I got this day off.

the ungourmet said...

This poem is perfect for today.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Susie said...

Very appropriate for today! Happy Memorial Day!!

Helene said...

What a beautiful poem! Happy Memorial Day!

Kristina P. said...

Beautiful, Kathy! Happy Memorial Day!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Have a great Memorial Day. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

Great poem. It's important to remember the reason today is a National Holiday!

Jen said...

what a great tribute for the day.

faemom said...

Wait today isn't about picnics, watermelon, grilling, and having the day off? I could have swor- Ooooh, Memorial Day is in May. Gottcha! Have a great day! Thanks for posting this!

WhisperingWriter said...

Beautiful.

Happy Memorial Day. I told my husband this and he thought that I wanted something. I was all, "can't I just be nice?" and he paused and then went, "What do you want?" Hmph.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Whitman...one of my favorites and haven't read this in ages. Hope today was fabulous...full of good family fun!

Missy said...

Beautiful! Happy Memorial Day!~

Court said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I had to work today and feel like I sortof missed out on the importance of this day or any festivities but this little bit of honoring was the perfect touch to the end of a long day.

Gibby said...

Sometimes we lose the true meaning behind the holidays we are celebrating. Thanks for posting this.

Hello Anon Mom, hope you had a great weekend.

Bee and Rose said...

Kathy, I really loved this very poignant poem. Thank you for sharing it with us to remind us what it's all about:) Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

insider53 said...

I love Walt Whitman.

evenshine said...

Loverley. Hadn't read this one of his before. Thanks!