Edward Thomas

(3 March 1878 - 9 April 1917 / London / England)

Digging - Poem by Edward Thomas

What matter makes my spade for tears or mirth,
Letting down two clay pipes into the earth?
The one I smoked, the other a soldier
Of Blenheim, Ramillies, and Malplaquet
Perhaps. The dead man's immortality
Lies represented lightly with my own,
A yard or two nearer the living air
Than bones of ancients who, amazed to see
Almighty God erect the mastodon,
Once laughed, or wept, in this same light of day.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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