Dead Ready for Burial, at Fredericksburg, Virg...

Dead Ready for Burial, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: expertinfantry)

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. This Walt Whitman poem is a tribute.


To Those Who’ve Failed


To those who’ve fail’d, in aspiration vast,

To unnam’d soldiers fallen in front on the lead,

To calm, devoted engineers – to over-ardent travelers – to pilots on

their ships,

To many a lofty song and picture without recognition – I’d rear a

laurel-cover’d monument,

High, high above the rest – To all cut off before their time,

Possess’d by some strange spirit of fire,

Quench’d by an early death.


1888   1888-9


Walt Whitman (1819- 1892)


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