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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
83. Drumnotes
 
 
DAYS of the dead men, Danny.
Drum for the dead, drum on your
    remembering heart.
 
Jaurès, a great love-heart of France,
    a slug of lead in the red valves.        5
Kitchener of Khartoum, tall, cold, proud,
    a shark’s mouthful.
Franz Josef, the old man of forty haunted
    kingdoms, in a tomb with the Hapsburg
    fathers, moths eating a green uniform        10
    to tatters, worms taking all and leaving
    only bones and gold buttons, bones and
    iron crosses.
Jack London, Jim Riley, Verhaeren, riders to the republic of dreams.
 
Days of the dead, Danny.        15
Drum on your remembering heart.
 

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