The Muleshoe Salient is still imprinted on the land in the fields and woods
of Spotslyvania Courthouse. The mounds of dirt they dug
in haste for cover
are low now and covered with moss, twigs,
grasses nibbled on by the deer and rabbits.
Longstreet Drive, Jackson Street, Ewell Lane,
new roads with token names, a nod to what? Restless dreams
Layer after layer of fall leaves laid in now cover the dead.
Curried golf courses and battlefields mowed every fall.
Chancellorsville, First Day, preserved.
The scrub woods that was the horror
of Wilderness has grown up.
It veils new subdivisions hidden back in the woods.
Stories float among us of misty dawn ghost soldiers in the road
I half believe them.
In the fall the shadows get longer,
the sky bluer. Visitors come here to remember a few days in May.
Like the deer and moss and new trees,
living on mostly we forget.
|photo by Susan Krieg|