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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Carl Sandburg. 1878–
 
78. 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 Ypres and Verdun.         5
Shovel them under and let me work. 
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor: 
            What place is this? 
            Where are we now? 
  
            I am the grass.  10
            Let me work. 
 
 
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