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The Sentries

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John Yaws
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0 posted 10-09-1999 05:15 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

"You aren't sleepin', are you Johnny"?
Came a voice across the stream.
"No more than you are, Billy Yank!"
Awaking from his dream.
He had dreamed he was in Georgia
In the balmy summer time-
Peaches drooping from their branches-
He could smell the fragrant pines.
"Where do you hail from, Billy?"
Called the quiet Southern drawl-
Which fell as strange on Vermont ears-
As a Rebel saying, "Yall".
"Vermont," the youngster told him-
" You know what I desire?
That this war would end by autumn-
An' we'd all get out of hyar!
I'd like to see the mountains-
When the colors start to turn-
To reds, and golds, and yellers
It looks like the mountains burn!"
"I hear yuh talkin', Billy Yank!
I sure am sick fer home,
To see a plow share turnin'
The rich, red Georgia loam.
I'd like to see my Mary Anne-
She promised she would wait,
Till I returned home from the war-
Then we would set a date."
"Where are we? Have ye heard 'em say?
I'd really like to know."
There's church just up the road a piece-
That someone called "Shiloh".
"Why that means "peace", the preacher said,
Maybe it's an omen!"
But neither lad had an idea-
Just what with dawn was comin'!
The day broke clear and cloudless-
With the rising of the sun-
The silence soon was shattered-
By the awful roar of guns-
In a stream which flows to "Bloody Pond"
As the sun sank in the west-
They found two boys with bayonets-
Thrust in each others breasts-
Side by side beneath the sod-
Two youthful warriors lay-
The one was dressed in Yankee blue
The other Rebel grey.

© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-09-1999 05:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is an extremely powerful poem. Sad thing is that it is also very accurate. Young boys who should have been home wooing their sweethearts thrown into battle against each other and dyin'......and for what? Such a waste. Very well written piece.
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2 posted 10-09-1999 05:46 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Excellent. You obviously put a great deal of effort in your writing and we reap the rewards.
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3 posted 10-09-1999 05:51 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

What a masterpiece! So skillfully written and full of truth!

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4 posted 10-09-1999 06:49 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

I ditto all above.......well done


May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 10-09-1999 07:38 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

One of the best things i've read in a long time. Well done.
since 09-26-1999
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deer park, wa

6 posted 10-09-1999 10:22 PM       View Profile for merlynh   Email merlynh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for merlynh

This is the first time I've read something of yours. It's not bad. I'll be sure to read some others of yours.
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

7 posted 10-09-1999 10:38 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

At the risk of sounding redundant...
Care to check in yer guns & stay awhile, pardner????...
Poet deVine
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8 posted 10-09-1999 11:08 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine have really become a favorite! I love a poem that tells a story and has a moral! You are truly gifted! I checked out your homepage and like what you've said there. But you should post your poetry... I didn't see a link to that.

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