Monday, May 28, 2012

Poems for Memorial Day

Memorial Day Service at Sunnyside Cemetery
Caney, Kansas

New Post for the 28th on

The Fortnightly Kitti Carriker

Poems for Memorial Day

Headstone For My Parents
in Sunnyside Cemetery ~ Caney, Kansas
#1: Memorial Day

On this day every year
our dead afflict us with
a kind of solemn astonishment
at how close to us they remain.

The dates on their headstones
reveal that even in their graves
they grow older year by year
just as we do. They are all still with us.
We are all going in the same direction.

from the Collected Poems
of Ernest Sandeen (1908 - 1997)
Notre Dame Professor and Poet

For this poem and more
see today's Fortnightly Post
"Poems for Memorial Day"
and from awhile back
"Day of the Dead"

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