Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

Cavalry Crossing A Ford



A LINE in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands;
They take a serpentine course--their arms flash in the sun--Hark to
the musical clank;
Behold the silvery river--in it the splashing horses, loitering, stop
to drink;
Behold the brown-faced men--each group, each person, a picture--the
negligent rest on the saddles;
Some emerge on the opposite bank--others are just entering the ford--
while,
Scarlet, and blue, and snowy white,
The guidon flags flutter gaily in the wind.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie Kyle Miller (12/8/2005 10:51:00 AM)

    This poem depicts to me the dedication of a soldier as they gather together after a battle to prepare themselves for the next regardless of what lies ahead. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kristine Petersen (12/2/2005 10:58:00 AM)

    What is with this guy and capitalizing every first word? Is the site doing that? It's weird and kinda cheesy. I mean, its not 'a line' its 'a LINE'. well im gonna stop rambling (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Cummins (12/2/2005 10:57:00 AM)

    in the poem 'calvary crossing a ford' it tells of an American troop of soldiers, but to me this poem seems to bring a sense of pride about, because you see the soldiers after a battle, crossing the ford to make their way into the next combat situation and risking their lives to protect those back home, also you hear of the flag waving in the wind as it still stands tall after the battle (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Briana Russo (12/2/2005 10:55:00 AM)

    This poem is so filled with sensory images, 'Scarlet, and blue, and snowy white, The guidon flags flutter gaily in the wind, ' two full lines just describing a flag. (Report) Reply

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