Monday, January 9, 2012

Poem: Unknown Soldier


Who were you?

six iron-shod grays
a caisson and coffin

Were you kin to me?

a tattoo
on muffled drums
somber voices speaking

Were you friend?

twenty-one cannon
in rhythmic salute

Were you comrade in arms?

blown sweetly
a brassy lament

Were you neighbor? lover? father? son?

the question goes begging
once upon a time . . .

Who were you?

- Joseph M. Welsh

     Photo courtesy of U.S. Army - The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery

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