Carl Sandburg Grass

                         Carl Sandburg
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz 1 and Waterloo.2
Shovel them under and let me work-
                 I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg3
And pile them high at Ypres4 and Verdun5.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
                  What place is this?
                   Where are we now?

                       I am the grass.
                       Let me work.

1. Regarded as Napoleon Bonaparte's greatest victory, Austerlitz trap that
destroyed the armies of his enemies Russia and Austria.
2. The French defeat at Waterloo drew to a close 23 years of war
3. One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
4. The first and second battles of Ypres were launched by the
      Germans in 1914 and 1915 respectively, (WWI)
5. The German siege of Verdun -longest battle of the First World War. 10
months, 1 million casualties