THE WARTIME ISSUE
Kyle G. Dargan
STILL LIFE W/PRESIDENT, WREATH, AND UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Nov. 11th 2004
He would second it is god’s work
to define infinities within the boundary of stone.
Bygone and unaccounted for, this
single warrior grows colossal before him –
distended from being fed the legs, torsos,
names of those we are too human, too desirous
of divinity, to admit we will never know
how they moved from our bit of known world.
We place them all here and drum the good things,
drum their service – how they left clearer
the turbid human condition, smoothed
over unmarked graves of chaparral, ocean or ridge.
Wreath in hand, he bends penitently over the marble
tomb – gingerly as though it once housed a mine.
Originally from Newark, NJ, Kyle G. Dargan is a member of American University's Creative Writing faculty as well as a master's student in Arts Management. His first book, The Listening, won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and other publications.
Published in Volume 7, Number 2,
To read more by this author:
Kyle Dargan: Langston Hughes