Beginning with a Line from Ernie
--- from The Indiana Series
yet you know. Always in your heart…
You have never really left.
When Ernie Pyle walked the high tide line
Of Omaha Beach the morning after D-Day,
Of all that he stepped over what he remembered most
Were the cartons of soggy cigarettes, stationary,
French phrase books, sewing kits, snap shots,
Playing cards, metal pocket mirrors,
A tennis racket still clamped in its rack,
A broken banjo.
Sea birds circled
What history brings.
What history leaves behind.
Matthew Graham is the current Indiana State Poet Laureate.