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Any Woman to a Soldier
a poem by Grace Ellery Channing


Any Woman to a Soldier
by Grace Ellery Channing

The day you march away let the sun shine, 
Let everything be blue and gold and fair, 
Triumph of trumpets calling through bright air, 
Flags slanting, flowers flaunting not a sign 
That the unbearable is now to bear, 
The day you march away. 

The day you march away this I have sworn, 
No matter what comes after, that shall be 
Hid secretly between my soul and me 
As women hide the unborn 
You shall see brows like banners, lips that frame 
Smiles, for the pride those lips have in your name. 
You shall see soldiers in my eyes that day 
That day, O soldier, when you march away. 

The day you march away cannot I guess? 
There will be ranks and ranks, all leading on 
To one white face, and then the white face gone, 
And nothing left but a gray emptiness 
Blurred moving masses, faceless, featureless 
The day you march away.

Any Woman to a Soldier
by Grace Ellery Channing


Any Woman to a Soldier - a poem by Grace Ellery Channing
 

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