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The Young Dead Soldiers

By Sherry Conable

As part of our action for National Stand Down Say, we did a brief memorial in honor of the 6 soldiers from Santa Cruz County who have died in Iraq - six people held flowers and we read this poem. We then left some flowers and a copy of the poem at the door of each of the four military recruiting offices.

The Young Dead Soldiers

The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard
In the still houses; who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
And when the clock counts.

They say: We were young. We have died. Remember us.

They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours;
They will mean what you make of them.

They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were
for peace and a new hope or for nothing,
We cannot say; it is you who must say this.

They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us.

Archibald MacLeish


Left at the door of each recruiting office - Santa Cruz - 11/18/05


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