Late afternoon rain draws a musty smell
from the earth after another hot day,
a backhoe moves earth, uproots trees,
a mulcher whines; a hardhat feeds
limbs into the whirling blades.
They're clearing more land for more
graves at Arlington Cemetery, to add
to the quarter million that wave
already with stars and stripes
on the manicured lawns sloping
down to the muddy Potomac.
Christopher T. George
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Posted by Christopher T. George at 4:34 PM