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The Little Green Tents

    The little green tents where the soldiers sleep, and
the sunbeams play and the women weep, are covered
with flowers today; and between the tents walk the
weary few, who were young and stalwart in 'sixty-
two, when they went to the war away. The little
green tents are built of sod, and they are not long,
and they are not broad, but the soldiers have lots of
room; and the sod is part of the land they saved,
when the flag of the enemy darkly waved, the symbol
of dole and doom, The little green tent is a thing
divine; the little green tent is a country's shrine,
where patriots kneel and pray; and the brave men
left, so old, so few, were young and stalwart in sixty-
two, when they went to the war away!
___Walt Mason
 
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
pages 203
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
 
September 11, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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