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Blue and Gray

August 15, 2013
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 631 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

He trembles and lifts
The rifle
To his brother’s heart,
Guilt thundering through his bones
Like the vibration of the barrel
Balanced against his cheek,
Bayonet yearning
To spear
Timid flesh.

The clouds align
As a barricade against the skies,
Grenades rumbling the Earth
With rage.
You stare into the eyes of your victim,
Your neighbor.
He almost sees the veil of memories
Flashing by
The soldier’s eyes;
His wedding,
His children,
And the collection
Of his funeral.

Emotions take hold of his trigger
And spin him around to gaze in the mirror:
Who am I to take this man’s life?
Who am I to engage war?

You throw your rifle down
And embrace the one
Dressed in gray.

The author's comments:
A Civil War poem about brother vs. brother....

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This article has 3 comments.

_Emmm SILVER said...
on Sep. 15 2013 at 2:27 pm
_Emmm SILVER, Burlington, Other
7 articles 1 photo 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.”
- Charles Simic

I enjoyed this very much, it was so easy to read, as it flowed very nicely. Loved it!

on Aug. 29 2013 at 8:03 pm
Stalker_Panda BRONZE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
3 articles 44 photos 8 comments
I really like this Hannah :) Your a very good writer

on Aug. 25 2013 at 12:49 pm
Fallen_ PLATINUM, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
25 articles 3 photos 433 comments

Favorite Quote:
" a shattered world is only an opening into a new beginning with laughs, smiles, and love all around enter the world of the light and away from the broken darkness"

Yay first comment!  Well hi hannah glad to see new stuff by you :3 well where to start first off I think this is pure talent I love how its like going back to the civil war era  :3 I love how it is you your talent flows through in pure omazement it makes me think so I guess what I'm saying is keep it up becase your gonnna gooo sooo far frend :3 5/5 stars no doudt.