Haynes, Laura Nixon. “Dead Leaves.” A New Canadian Anthology. Ed. Alan Creighton and Hilda M. Ridley. Toronto: Crucible, 1938. 88.
Here on the cold damp earth we lie
Beneath the grey November sky;
Dull and unbeautiful we sleep
All huddled in a common heap;
The gorgeous hues that once we wore,
Scarlet, and yellow, are no more;
Left to decay, our only worth
But to enrich our natal earth.
Perchance some hardy pioneer,
Like us unnoticed, slumbers here;
His youthful dreams, adventures bold,
Forgotten as a tale long told;
His toil, by which a nation grew,
By careless heirs, forgotten too;
To serve his land his strength he gave,
And sleeps in an untended grave.