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War Is Hell

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John Yaws
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0 posted 01-17-2000 01:20 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

“War Is Hell”(the Battle of Bull Run)

Green was the sward as they entered therein-
And balmy and clear was the day,
They’d lofty illusions of what war consisted-
And cheerfully entered the fray.

The people came out as you’d go to the park-
To picnic, and watch, and have fun,
But little they knew ere the day had quite passed
That Death would hold court at Bull Run.

Four years of tragedy lay in the future-
The stuff on which media thrives....
Ere Lee had surrendered there at Appomatox-
It took a great toll on their lives.

Death touched our nation on every front-
They say Sherman said, “War is Hell”!
And Bobby Lee said, “Far best it is horrid-
I fear we would love it too well”.

Blue against gray, and brother fought brother-
And father fought cousins and sons-
And shattered the heart of many a mother,
They wept at the sound of the guns.

Youngsters grew old in the space of one battle-
And many no older would grow...
When grape shot and canister slaughtered by thousands
Impersonal Death laid them low.

Therein lies a lesson, our nation should glean from...
And we should have learned it quite well..
Although he wore blue, and fought for the Union
Sherman was right. “War is Hell”!


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Denise
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1 posted 01-17-2000 07:39 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I just said that the other day to a friend that I hate war, not only because of the loss of life but also because of the havoc that it  wreaks on the survivors as well. It leaves scars that never heal. Every fiber of my being screams out against it. War is hell...I couldn't agree more. Excellently done piece of writing, as usual, sir! You get a great big BRAVO from this 'Yankee'  

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~

Justbleu
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2 posted 01-17-2000 09:41 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

I do agree War is Hell!!  A very good point well said!!

Take Care
Bridgette
Meadowmuse
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3 posted 01-17-2000 11:24 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, as always, well~meaning, well~received, superbly written!

Dear LadyClaire



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Echo Rhayne
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4 posted 01-18-2000 02:05 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

I took a walk all by myself, and gazed up at the sky.
I wondered why the guns must roar, and all the young men die.
I asked where are we headed, and though I pondered long.
The only answer I received, is that killing is always wrong.
Is it the blood of human beings that dyes our good earth red?
Or do we flaunt our patrotism with the growing of the dead.
How long will young men have to die in wars that old men start?
Will mothers always hear the news that means a broken heart?
We're sorry ma'am your son is dead he died to make us free.
The metal box he's in is sealed but this picture you can see.
This piece of paper in this frame is supposed to be my son?
Where is my happy bright-eyed boy?  What hav you people done?
We killed your son and many thousands more.
Some of them were blown to bits and rest on yonder shore.
We can't ship an explosion home, or a hole torn in the ground.
Thats why many an empty box will soon be homeward bound.
When will the killing stop you ask?  Im not the one to know.
I guess it iwll only stop when there's no more to go.
Soon we'll kill up all your sons, and the rivers will run red.
And then we cant kill any more because they'll all be dead!

Phew ok, sorry!  I loved your poem!  Couldn't resist putting this one up after reading yours!  

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~


WolfsMate
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5 posted 01-18-2000 02:13 AM       View Profile for WolfsMate   Email WolfsMate   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WolfsMate

Excellent look at war and it's costs. Enjoyed this very much. Thank-You.

 
John Yaws
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6 posted 01-18-2000 10:37 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Echo...Good poem, hmm, great poem, but:

Since Cain first labored hard and long
To cause the ground to yield
And in a fit of anger-
Slew his brother in the field...
Men have worked at making war-
Their only real success-
It seems is turning fellow men
Into a bloody mess.
Wars may come, and wars may go-
But, friend, I'll tell you what-
While wars these days may not be much
They're all the wars we've got.  )
Kidding.
 
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