Grass

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work —

I am the grass.  I cover all.

 

And pile them high at Gettysburg

And pile them high at Verdun.

Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passenger ask the conductor:

What place is this?

Where are we now?

 

I am the grass.

Let me work.

 

– Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)