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A Few Veterans Day Poems

Updated on July 29, 2010

THE BLUE AND THE GRAY


By the flow of the inland river,

Whence the fleets of iron have fled,

Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,

Asleep are the ranks of the dead:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day:--

Under the one, the Blue;

Under the other, the Gray.


These in the robings of glory,

Those in the gloom of defeat,

All with the battle-blood gory,

In the dust of eternity meet:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day:--

Under the laurel, the Blue;

Under the willow, the Gray.


From the silence of sorrowful hours

The desolate mourners go,

Lovingly laden with flowers,

Alike for the friend and the foe:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day:--

Under the roses, the Blue;

Under the lilies, the Gray.


So, with an equal splendor

The morning sun-rays fall,

With a touch impartially tender,

On the blossoms blooming for all:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day:--

Broidered with gold, the Blue;

Mellowed with gold, the Gray.


So, when the summer calleth,

On forest and field of grain,

With an equal murmur falleth

The cooling drip of the rain:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day:--

Wet with the rain, the Blue;

Wet with the rain, the Gray.


Sadly, but not with upbraiding,

The generous deed was done.

In the storm of the years that are fading

No braver battle was won:--

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting the Judgment Day;

Under the blossoms, the Blue;

Under the garlands, the Gray.


No more shall the war cry sever,

Or the winding rivers be red:

They banish our anger forever

When they laurel the graves of our dead!

Under the sod and the dew,

Waiting for Judgment Day:--

Love and tears for the Blue;

Tears and love for the Gray.

Francis Mlies Finch





SO WHEN A GREAT MAN DIES


Were a star quenched on high,

For ages would its light,

Still traveling downward from the sky,

Shine on our mortal sight.


So when a great man dies,

For years beyond our kin,

The light he leaves behind him lies

Upon the paths of men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



A MEMORY


A day of tender memory,

A day of sacred hours,

Of little bands of marching men,

Of drums and flags and flowers.


A day when a great nation halts,

Its mighty throbbing pace,

And by its meed of gratitude

Shows love with willing grace.


Aday to keep from year to year

In memory of the dead;

Let music sound and flowers be laid

Upon each resting bed.

Emma A. Lent




HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

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