Colin F. Jones

MONUMENTS

What force could one implant to train the mind,
To recall the past that history preserves,
In monuments and statues of every kind,
Throughout our parks and military reserves?
It would take some homework to recall
Each ancient monument’s place of rest,
When they are not of interest to one and all,
But by the few are so fondly blessed.
Do we all serve that history might then last,
By what we remember of our personal role
That those who follow will recall the past,
Though none of it was by us ever told.
‘Tis all things in time that will slip away,
Like the fading light of a summer’s day.