"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Haunting veteran's grave

This grave haunts me, as all veteranns' graves should. I found it thanks to my late Uncle Mike, in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, where his ashes now reside. Who was this youth, how did he die? Different from most of the graves in the National Cemetery at Santa Fe, or elsewhere across this great land. I've seen it  covered with snow, and with  a fresh rose in his hand! Wow. Thank you veterans!  A 28 year-old soldier leaning against a stump, forever at rest, since 1901.

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