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August 18, 2022

A poem

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Row upon row

Lest we forget

the rows of trees

they planted to recall

the rows of boys

they sent to die

in the war

Jon Paul Summers, Suffolk Park


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Row upon row lest we forget,
    the rows of trees we planted,
    to recall the rows of boys
    they sent to die in the war.

  2. Fair enough. That’s about right too. Pity they won’t stop though. How long before they send them off to Ukraine for no good reason.

  3. RELIC [Stefanie Bennett]

    Picking up shells on Long Island
    I’m remembering a displaced people

    as the thin sea’s edge draws the firmament
    in streaks of pale violet.

    Trade goods would have been exchanged here
    … copper kettles for wild game –

    squash – and field-fruits awaiting
    the scorched Metacom’s advance. *

    I dig my heels into quick-silver sand
    wet with the tide’s ebb

    and reel at a faint earth pulse.
    All around are distinctive

    indentations; moccasin shaped.

    *Metacom = King Phillip

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