7/5/10

A Poem for July 5

With July 4 over and done with another year, here's a better way to think of what the nation could be. Heard this poem from the wonderful John Gorka, whose concerts you should run to see.

At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border
William Stafford

This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.
Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed — or were killed — on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.

1 comment:

susan said...

Lovely.
Wm Stafford is a wonderful poet.