Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Earthworm Dampness


Earthworm Dampness

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

2 comments:

LJCohen said...

Chris--a wonderful photograph to pair with this stark, strong poem. As gary b says, 'be pleased'.

best,
ljc (from Wild)

Christopher T. George said...

Hi Lisa

Thank you so much for your kind words, Lisa. They are much appreciated.

Chris