Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AFTER ACTION (A SOUL REMEMBERS), by ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER



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AFTER ACTION (A SOUL REMEMBERS), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, in my moment of earth
Last Line: In rearing a heavenly flower.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


ONCE, in my moment of earth,
Before the immortal re-birth,
I thought of my flesh as a thing
Like to the house of a king,—
Beautiful, worthy to stand
Proud on the heavenly strand.

I remember it now as a clod
Prone in the gardens of God,—
Mean, without honor or beauty,
Justified but by the duty
Of spending its pittance of power
In rearing a heavenly flower.





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