shallow graves

by Ulyss Rubey

oaken trees lose their leaves
yellow ribbons fade and fall
broken lovers cry alone
mother earth swallows all

broken solders lose their lives
shallow graves mark their fall
future farmers find their bones
mother earth swallows all


Posted on 01/12/2005
Copyright © 2021 Ulyss Rubey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by JD Clay on 01/14/05 at 03:30 AM

Now there is some fertile soil, by those who paid the ultimate price. Hats off to you on this truthful but somber poem. Blow Taps, brother. Pe4ce...

Posted by Max Bouillet on 01/30/05 at 02:21 AM

Mother Earth swallows all... but we come back around --more scattered and maybe not as we wish, but we come back around. There is a limited number of building blocks that can reform many times... and almost everything can hold a memory. Great read.

Posted by Laura Doom on 12/05/10 at 12:45 PM

Interesting to read Max's perspective -- I was struck by the contrast between the emotive [human] and the pragmatic [nature/mother earth]. I'm still in recovery :>

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/04/13 at 03:47 AM

Somehow this seems fitting as winter sets in to read about shallow graves. You pack a lot of punch in your short poems.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/09/16 at 09:35 PM

Interesting...evocative poem...glad I finally caught up with it. Excellent use of repetition in the last lines of the two stanzas. Congrats on POTD Ulyss! Well deserved man!!

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