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Sarracino, Carmine, 1944- / The heart of war
(2004)

Sharpsburg at sunrise in April, 1867,   pp. 40-41


Page 40


Sharpsburg at Sunrise in April, 1867
The morning blooms out of blackness
as out of nothingness itself.
Faint light
pours a shy green
into pokeweed and mullein,
into the tender, shooting
new grass covering all;
stirs clouds into
bluebrown Antietam Creek;
touches gold
a cord of braid
in the beak of a robin,
her breast reddening
like remembered joy.
On a sandy patch
she snapped the threads
from a rag of sleeve.
Small bones there
in perfect order lay,
like the exhibit
of a marvel:
The Human Hand
(which can
set a gunner's level
or trace at parting
the outline of a lover's chin).
40


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