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National Poetry Month April 12

Since this is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, I tried to put some thoughts into words.  I thought about Fort Sumter then and now.  I know this one, the poem and the conflict actually, is not finished but sometimes it's good to try to put the words out there in the world to see how they feel.

 

April 12

Where once hearts beat

and blood flowed

hatred burned

defenders of chains

and those who would break the chains painted the sky with fire.

Iron and steel tortured the land and seared the soul.

And now,

that fire, iron and steel have become words on a page

stories on paper

paper, the most brittle and fragile holder of dreams

and we

are the inheritors of the dreams watching

waiting for the new birth of freedom.

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