Memorial Day 2010-Poem and Song for Young Men Who Died

Here Dead We Lie

A. E. Housman

Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.

Ambush - Photograph by Cpl. Reynaldo Leal, USMC/0311 - taken by Leal while in Iraq in 2006

Click here to hear “Let Them In” by John Gorka:

“Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired with the sun
Not wartime’s bloody guns…”

From the album The Company You Keep

John Gorka



Cpl. Leal is now safe back in the Texas. You can see more of his remarkable photography at After Image Gallery:


About Steven Goodheart

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them." Spinoza

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