a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks
reedrover

Memorial Day

These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth's foundations fled,
Followed their mercenary calling
And took their wages and are dead.

Their shoulders held the sky. suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay

--- A.E. Houseman, 1914


I met this poem in a book called Runner by Cynthia Voigt.
The second and third lines of the second verse ring for me.
Here is a bit of background on the poem, Posted by James R MacLean.
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