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Cornhuskers by Carl Sandburg
Drumnotes
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DRUMNOTES[1]

Days of the dead men, Danny.

Drum for the dead, drum on your

remembering heart.


Jaurès, a great love-heart of France,

a slug of lead in the red valves.

Kitchener of Khartoum, tall, cold, proud,

a shark's mouthful.

Franz Josef, the old man of forty haunted

kingdoms, in a tomb with the Hapsburg
fathers, moths eating a green uniform
to tatters, worms taking all and leaving
only bones and gold buttons, bones and
iron crosses.

Jack London, Jim Riley, Verhaeren, riders to

the republic of dreams.


Days of the dead, Danny.

Drum on your remembering heart.

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