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At the Grave of Simms: A Sonnet for the Bicentennial of His Birth

Poetry | 2006
Transcription AT THE GRAVE OF SIMMS
A Sonnet for the Bicentennial of His Birth


Here is a spot each Southern heart should know,
A plot that Simms's dust has glorified.
So, come and place your tributes which all owe
To Charleston's own in Charleston born and died.

Come winds, and sweep his grave. Come shade
And sun, and shelter him. Come birds, to sing;
And children, bring the tributes you have made.
Our Simms shall be remembered like a king!

Oh, if there were fair justice in this world,
The schools would all turn out and children shout
Bands march in long parades!
His statues would be decked with garlands all about!

Yet if I must, I'll come to you alone
And place a single rose upon your stone.



Joseph Cecil Wingard
Andalusia, Alabama
7 April 2006
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