Poetry of Kansas

At The Un-National Monument
Along The Canadian Border

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
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.

__William Stafford.

The Darkness Around Me Is Deep
William Stafford
(New York: HarperCollins. 1993)
Page 117

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May 20, 2005 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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