Grass

Original Text: 
Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1918), p. 126. PS 3537 A618C6 1916 Robarts Library.
2Shovel them under and let me work--
3                            I am the grass; I cover all.
6Shovel them under and let me work.
7Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
8                            What place is this?
9                            Where are we now?
10                            I am the grass.
11                            Let me work.

Notes

1] Austerlitz: a village, now named Slavkov, where on Dec. 2, 1805, Napoleon led an outnumbered French army to victory over Austrian and Russian forces.
Waterloo: Napoleon's final defeat, near this town in Belgium on June 18, 1815, by a European coalition including Austria, Great Britain, Prussia and Russia. Back to Line
4] Gettysberg: a decisive victory by the Union army in the American civil war was won near this Pennsylvania town July 1-3, 1863. Back to Line
5] Ypres: a town in Belgium at which three battles were fought in World War I (1914, 1915, and 1917) resulting in over 600,000 casualties and stalemate.
Verdun: during most of 1916 the Allied and German armies fought over this French town and castle, the battles ending indecisively with nearly 700,000 casualties. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1918
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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