The Colored Sergeant

(Buried at Arlington)

Now soldier, sleep among the honored dead!

A place you earned through your great sacrifice.

Mourn not that you were first denied a bed

Among the lesser honored, nor the price

You paid--your all--to save democracy.

A King, the Son of God, was once denied;

And death but gave Him immortality.

So shall you live! You too were crucified

To rise to greater glory. We shall bring

You lilies with red roses--dark and light--

To place beside you as our offering,--

For though your skin be dark, your soul is white.

Sleep on in peace, honored as any other,

For He with nail-pierced hands calls you His brother.