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Thursday, January 08, 2004


::today
sunrise : 7.39am
sunset : 4.56pm
day length : 9h 17m
moonset : 8:51am
moonrise : 5:56pm
moonphase: waning gibbous..15 days

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At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border

This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
Where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.
Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed -- or were killed -- on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.





~William Stafford


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