At The Un-National Monument
This is the field where the battle did not happen,
Along The Canadian Border
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.
The Darkness Around Me Is Deep
(New York: HarperCollins. 1993)
May 20, 2005 /
John & Susan Howell /
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