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The War

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John Yaws
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0 posted 01-14-2000 12:36 AM       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

A nation torn asunder, homes destroyed, too
A son was wearing Rebel Gray, his father Union Blue.
Disparity in language? No. They had a common tongue,
The nation’s greatest resource would be spent, ere war was done.
And why should kindred fight and die? The question must we ask-
And not an easy question, that Yet I accept the task;
Customs? Culture? Schools of thought? Yea, all of these and more-
Do share the blame and infamy, for causing that great war.
Some say that slavery was the cause, it played a minor part-
The rights of States to govern, was the cause right from the start.
.The shadow, dread, of tyranny, did raise it’s ugly head-
And ere the  shadow was assuaged, thousands would lie dead.
Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Antietam: just of few-
Locations where those wearing gray, fought those for wearing blue-
“Stonewall” Jackson, “Bobby” Lee, and Longstreet, with his beard-
That Devil Forrest, raging far, whom Union Generals feared.
A thousand nameless, faceless men; lie out in unmarked graves-
While only God does keep account, of these the fallen brave.
Tears like rivers carved the cheeks, of widows, sweethearts, mothers-
And sisters, too; would sob and weep, o’er many fallen brothers.
The wounds were long in healing, Reconstruction lay in store-
There’s still a taste of bitterness, left over from “the War”.

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1 posted 01-14-2000 03:01 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

Hugs to you my friend, for all that you've been through!! Your poems always make me stop and think...fathers and sons fighting against each other- it's sad, but it's also a metaphor for the whole world- against each other, wish it wasn't always everyone for themselves. Enjoyed the read dear, as always!

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Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 01-14-2000 07:26 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This poem is so true and so sad that brothers fought brothers. And yes, there still is bitterness after all these years. I didn't understand it the first time I went south, but now I do. The war was devistating in so many ways, uprooting families, intruding on a culture and infringing on the right to govern as seen fit. The slavery had come of age, but ended in such a cruel way. There are many truths but many misconceptions about that also.
Nice poem
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3 posted 01-14-2000 10:05 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, another fine piece, and such an original rendering of an acutely lamentable era in our country's history. Your gift for poetic folktelling impresses me daily.

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4 posted 01-14-2000 04:26 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I like it... giving Mike a run for his historic money....hehe....
since 12-17-1999
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5 posted 01-14-2000 08:13 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Gunslinger, ............................................................................................................................................word fail me. You,my friend, are incredibly gifted.
Rus Bowden
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6 posted 01-14-2000 09:21 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Gunslinger,

Super war poem.  So long after and we have so much of the Civil Wars effects in our everday lives.  Well done!

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7 posted 01-14-2000 09:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I think this is possibly the third poem of yours I've read about the Civil War....and every one has been excellent.
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