Poets’ Corner: Visiting Martha’s Vineyard


Rhododendrons abounding

in full bloom along the graveyard

with stones going back:

from the Revolution

to the Civil War

and from World War II

to the present conflict:

Our emotions registering

over the names of each fallen brave

kept close to our hearts

by our right hands

in sync with the rhythm

of the Star Spangled Banner,


how the Revolution

created the nation,

how its Civil War

preserved it,

and how the second war

saved the world

from threats

by Communists and Nazi.

With the mention

of the fallen from Iraq,

the metaphor of the madras

ripped my heart apart

envisioning the next conflict

to save and preserve the human soul,


in view of the gatherers,

that America will,

once again

come through

to fulfill the incipient principles

on which this country was founded.

Adolph Adolfo Caso, from his collection of photos and poems, “Water and Life.” Col. Caso, publisher of Branden Books of Boston, is a frequent visitor to Martha’s Vineyard. He is a poet, editor, and author of more than 30 books. He wrote this patriotic poem while vacationing on the Island.