They come
        (tens of)
            this year
tourists        looking
    for hero soldiers
        in green fields
    in their uniforms
        (such frayed garments)
            lice and disease
their wet yet burning
for one hundred and fifty
        of chipped monuments
by accumulated weather
    and praise
each soldier a composite
    of extremities
    in the old soil
minie balls
    in the national park

This morning history
    eating into footpaths
    circumventing parking lots
    slipping beneath dead canons
until the clouds retreated
    and sunlight tilted
        into tourists’ eyes
that see the wet
        and reconstruct
the rain

 Alan Elyshevitz is a poet and short story writer whose collection of stories, The Widows and Orphans Fund, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. In addition, he has published three poetry chapbooks, most recently Imaginary Planet (Cervena Barva Press). He is a two-time recipient of a fellowship in fiction writing from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently he teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.