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Sheraton on Canal St.

The diary says we arrived safe
to our room, here at the
Sheraton.
Small room, 24th floor,
but OK, as we
are only to be
tourists here.

Mississippi flows long
and lean outside our window,
busy with ship's traffic,
with memories
only a river can
lay claim to.

Christmas Day.
N'Orleans.
Tourists.

Bourbon Street on Christmas Night
is not a typical evening in
the French Quarter.

Only the architecture remains
in focus of what once
was grand

and eloquent.

Too many niceties of the day
bring about the fake realism
of history's once-was.

But the food is good.

The chronicled data indicates
we did a lot of window
shopping there
on Royal Street

and admired the
St. Louis Cathedral

finding Faulkner's home.

But what I recall in my spirit,
and no notes required,

was where the steamboat
paddled us to, a
location of civil strife,
where heart's blood gave
life to the ground,
in a very small field

in a very important moment

for love of country.

Where the past curled tendrils
around my feet
planting me in yesterday...

For in this very month
184 years ago

Andrew Jackson met a victory
at Chalmette's field

and as my gaze swept the
battlefield

it was far too, too easy to
see the men in uniform,
and not in uniform,
running,
trenching,
readying weapons,
spilling blood,
laying their lives down

under the winter sun of 1812.

Flags raised, drums drummed,
yells, curses, screams,
smells of blood
smells of powder spent
sounds of things other
than life.

Orders given, "March, March"
into
death.

So,
there was a crossing there,
a space of time where, for a moment,
my feet were planted in
the past,

the sounds roared in my ears
the visions of men against
men
on a small plot of acreage,
for a large political reason
resounded desperately in my soul

memories which have not let go,

nor have I stopped hearing
yesterday call,

as I turned and returned to

Sheraton on Canal St.



~*~

©Karilea Rilling Jungel
29 July 2000
repost, revised 17 March 2002



© Copyright 2007 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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A eulogy...



Thank you lovie.
Sunshine
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I want to go back to there,
and for many other reasons...

so since I want it so much...

I know it will happen.

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I don't remember having seen this write before and am so glad to see it reposted. What haunting memories are found at these historical site...I'd imagine a revisit to that area will carry many more ghosts than the first time you were there in light of Katrina.

P.S. Was Liz that visited Nan and not myself, though I love Cape Cod and wish it would have been me
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Beautiful...
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ummmm...
so good it puts my teeth on edge Karilea

you have to go back
to get more of this
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if you ever go back, let me know

I'll be on my way
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But what I recall in my spirit,
and no notes required,

was where the steamboat
paddled us to, a
location of civil strife,
where heart's blood gave
life to the ground,
in a very small field

Even before reading further, I knew where this had to be. And I thank you for giving voice to those silenced so long ago. Beautiful work!!
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This is so beautiful....

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Sissie

Where the past curled tendrils
around my feet
planting me in yesterday...

If anyone can do this, it is you.  
iliana
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SIL, glad you reposted this as I don't think I had read it yet.  You took me back to the past, too.  *hugs*...jo
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Lovely and inspiring

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