Jours de deuil ! plus de nids sous le feuillage vert ;
Les chantres de l'été désertent nos bocages ;
On n'entend que le cri de l'oiseau dans les cages,
Avec les coups de bec sonores du pivert.

De jaunissants débris le gazon s'est couvert ;
Les grands bœufs tristement reviennent des pacages ;
Et la sarcelle brune, au bord des marécages,
Prend son essor pour fuir l'approche de l'hiver.

Aux arbres dépouillés la brise se lamente ;
À l'horizon blafard, l'aile de la tourmente
Fouette et chasse vers nous d'immenses oiseaux gris…

Des passants tout en noir gagnent le cimetière ;
Suivons-les, et donnons notre pensée entière,
Pour un instant, à ceux que la mort nous a pris.
(1878)


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Louis-Honoré Fréchette, was a Canadian poet, politician, playwright, and short story writer.Born in Lévis, Lower Canada, from 1854 to 1860 Fréchette did his classical studies at the Séminaire de Québec, the Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and at the Séminaire de Nicolet. He later studied law at Université Laval. In 1864, he opened a lawyer's office in Lévis where he founded two newspapers: Le drapeau de Lévis and La Tribune de Levis. He exiled himself in Chicago where he wrote La voix d'un exilé. A number of plays which he wrote during that period were lost in the Great Chicago Fire. Soon... Read more...

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John Fuller is an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Fuller was born in Ashford, Kent, England, the son of poet and Oxford Professor Roy Fuller, and educated at St Paul's School and New College, Oxford. He began teaching in 1962 at the State University...
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One Joseph 'Rudy' Julian,
A World War Two Marine,
Was killed on Iwo Jima in a
A most heroic scene.

On Iwo Jima, forty-five,
Where three Marine Divisions fought,
The enemy vowed kill ten of us
Before each being caught.

The nineteenth day of...
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