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Blinded By Battle

Into the night their weapons fired; and the
Night grew into day
The soldiers marched into the battle
Heads held high,
Elite, were they

Countries challenged other countries
Oceans crossed, the lands destroyed
United, soldiers marched in battle
Naval ships and jets employed
Tens of thousands would be heroes
Raged against their fellow man
Young or old, it made no difference
Over countless hills they ran
Fearless in their quest for victory
They stood tall and took their aim
Hit and felled intended targets
Ever strong the soldiers came

Blinded in the rage of battle
Loosing not, to claim defeat
Into war, they carried onward
Nameless faces on the street
Donned with guns and bullets many
Officers to guide their way
Never fearing, they moved onward
Lighting darkest night to day
Years of careful preparation and
The best of weaponry
Half the world enjoined together
Engaged in battle to be free

Only one can be the victor
Now the final hour’s here
Each man stands against the other
Each refuses to show fear
Yielding never, they continue
Endless gunshots fill the air
Dying soldiers fall beside them
Masks of death, their comrades wear
Every man no longer thinking
Numb and blind beyond compare
All or nothing!” scream their leaders
Resounding shouts, “the victory’s near!”
Early morning light arises
Killed and wounded lie in wait
In the final stage of battle
No one recognized their fate
Guns once roaring, now are silent
  ~and with the rising of the sun
Screams of pain have all grown quiet
  ~a war was fought, but no one won


 The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way that people cannot live without it. ~Jane Kenyon



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1 posted 03-10-2000 12:43 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent acrostic, Ruth. Excellent poem too!

Denise
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Thanks Denise...it was a fun one to do because of the length of it  

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Whew! Good job..I'll only do acrostics if they are short! And you kept the poem going too...good one, Ruth.
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Wonderful acrostic, story and poem.  
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5 posted 03-10-2000 05:16 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Another series of words brought to life in your Talent.  

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Such a powerfull subject, and beautifully arranged too. I admire your talent; keep it up  
hoot_owl_rn
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Thanks PDV...call me crazy I guess, I enjoyed it  

Thanks Martie, David and Ixtab  
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Are you around cause my Email from Yahoo to home is real slow and I wanted to talk to you.....
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9 posted 03-10-2000 07:47 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Wonderful, Ruth~
I love acrostics and this is so well done.
I found it deep with message.
~*Marge*~


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The poem, without the acrostic, would stand on its own excellent legs....with it, it is spectacular. Nice job indeed  
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BRAVO Ruth!!
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Ruth , this is an excellent Acrostic. Very Well Done.   enjoyed it much... the last line rings true.... A war was fought , but no one won.

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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