Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ARMISTICE DAY, by ZELMA DUNNING BOWEN

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ARMISTICE DAY, by            
First Line: I saw your son march by today
Last Line: That the world his peace might know.
Subject(s): Holidays; Veterans Day

I saw your son march by today,
His colors all unfurled,
But my son sleeps in Flanders Field
Halfway across the world.

I heard the martial music roll.
I heard the crowds' wild cheers.
I saw a gallant smiling lad
Still marching through my tears.

I saw him marching through war's hell,
Through mud and filth and slime;
My heart's blood marked each weary step
Beside this lad of mine.

I heard them speak today of peace
And of the honored dead,
And I thought of a little wooden cross
That marks a narrow bed.

And then -- I thought of another Cross
On a hill, once long ago,
And another Mother who gave her Son
That the world His peace might know.

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