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Old 03-07-2009, 08:33 AM   #29
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I first encountered this poem in 8th or 9th grade, and I've never forgotten it. It's by Stephen Crane (author of "Red Badge of Courage").

In Heaven

Stephen Crane

In Heaven,
Some little blades of grass
Stood before God.
“What did you do?”
Then all save one of the little blades
Began eagerly to relate
The merits of their lives.
This one stayed a small way behind
Ashamed.
Presently God said:
“And what did you do?”
The little blade answered: “Oh, my lord,
“Memory is bitter to me
“For if I did good deeds
“I know not of them.”
Then God in all His splendor
Arose from His throne.
“Oh, best little blade of grass,” He said.

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