Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EPITAPH FOR A SOLDIER, by DAVID IGNATOW

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EPITAPH FOR A SOLDIER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Enderle, who died for his country
Last Line: Stink in winter.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers

Enderle, who died for his country,
lived on beans and corn and surplus vegetables
issued by Relief in the days of peace.
Then he was told to take a job,
any job, for rent, carfare and food --
if cooked at home. His clothes
would have remained his working clothes,
underwear changed not more than once a week.
Hard work would have been the job,
sweat in summer,
stink in winter.

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