|The Tomb of the Unknown Poet
Why no Tomb of the Unknown Poet?
Wasn't he killed as sure as the Unknown
Didn't he die running wild after
the wildest beauty the same
as Wilfred Owen?
Didn't he step on the toes of landmine
Wasn't he mowed down by machine-guns
Didn't he throw himself on the grenade
of scorn lobbed at Poetry?
Drape a green flag of living grass
over his casket.
Blow his taps on panpipes:
Unknown Poet launched into the Unknown
like a poem in a manila envelope
addressed to Immortality
Care of the worms who edit scrupulously
but send no rejection slips.
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