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poem for the day [Oct. 5th, 2003|03:45 pm]
The American Caliban
"next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water




-- e.e. cummings
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[User Picture]From: srl
2003-10-06 06:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me of this. I keep meaning to read more of the WWI-era writers/poets/etc.
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