Wallace Stevens



            The Death of a Soldier


Life contracts and death is expected,
As in a season of autumn.
The soldier falls.

He does not become a three-day personage,
Imposing his separation,
Calling for pomp.

Death is absolute and without memorial,
As in a season of autumn,
When the wind stops,

When the wind stops and, over the heavens,
The clouds go, nevertheless,
In their direction.


Wallace Stevens, Selected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.