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Romance

The troopers are riding, are riding by
the troopers are riding to kill and die
that a clean flag may cleanly fly.

They touch the dust in their homes no more,
they are clean of the dirt of shop and store,
and they ride out clean to war.

Credit


From Rhythms, published in 1918.

Author


Charles Reznikoff

Born in 1894, in Brooklyn, New York, Charles Reznikoff was the author of several poetry collections and was a principal proponent of Objectivism.

Date Published: 1918-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/romance