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A river flows,

To and fro it goes,

Over polished river stones.

Through a green and sunny meadow,

a meadow,

full of bones.

The carpet of green on which they lie

seem to mock what lies thereon,

The remnants of an army

Now bleaching in the sun.



Their weapons rusted,

useless now

Their swords, and slings, and stones,

lay like their users on the ground,

amid the ivory bones.



A skull looks up with its staring gaze

It seems for life to pine,

as does its cracking femurs, the humerus and spine.

It is with measured, careful step

An observer treads the grass

as if afraid to disturb the dead

that fate had took so fast.

For what they fought, it matters not.

forgotten is their cause,

but every weary traveler,

takes time to think

to pause

So the owners of the bones it seems,

had not all died for naught,

for all the men that look on them

cannot but help be taught

That there is no point to lift the sword

when peace can still be had,

or else become a gaping skull

with the sockets staring sad.

On this battlefield the bones have taught

many passersby, that before they lift a hand to strike,

to always question why,

Or else become like those rattling things,

with the wisdom that they loan,

at rest in a grassy meadow,

on a battlefield

of Bones.





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patriotforever said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 2:00 am
Amazing!  Life has wars on the battlefield and in society.  Wouldn't it be something if we all "put down our swords" in dealing with the differences we have with others and found peaceful solutions.  I cannot wait to read more this young poet.
 
Snitzworth579 said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm
Brilliant!!!! It gets me everytime. You have a gift my friend. I love how the verses flow with one another. For what its worth, I'm Proud of ya!!!  
 
HazelB said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm
I think we may have found the next Edgar A. Poe.  This is a kid with a gift and understanding beyond his years. 
 
vc67 said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 11:44 am
The message brings to light the sacrifice of so many. Excellent work.
 
Becci said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 10:16 am
I loved this poem.  It has an incredible message of respect and honor for those who fought and yet a message of caution for those who entered into war without any thought for the cause.  Indeed, we should learn from our past mistakes.
 
Family of Hope said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm
I am still wiping away tears. Incredible piece, so deep, yet inspiring. I love that it pays tribute to those that have served our country and the message of peace is at the forefront. Great Author
 
rjl1394 said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm
Very well written.    My favorite lines were "for all the men that look on them cannot but help be taught". A thought-provoking and beautiful poem.
 
ohiofamily said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 11:44 am
What a thoughtful poem about those who have served our country.  This author definitely has excellent word choice and paints a touching picture in the reader's mind. 
 
Wellsvillewolfcub said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 9:13 am
Well-written, insightful and thought-provoking
 
alibabba said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm

This poem contains such a great balance of realism and hope for society.  "The wisdom that they loan" is my favorite line.  Truly, this young person understands many things the leaders of the world have yet to learn. 

 

 
flint said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm
As one who has served, I read with intrigue and rememberance, few poems make me do that, very talented
 
lala said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm
This author shows amazing maturity!  The imagery should tremendous depth of thought and creativity!
 
sf6kids said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Wow! The imagery that this poem brings to my mind when reading is very vivid of what our ancestors have done for us and what respect we should show them. Thanks.
 
Zlister said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Very well done!  Makes you ponder and consider.
 
vegasfam said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:53 am
The visual imagery in this poem is rich and stunning.  I was very touched by the message of this tribute and will share it with my children on days of remembrance.   Beautiful!
 
valsquared said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:18 am
An amazing, thought provoking poem by a very talented author! It brought tears to my eyes as I thought of those who gave so much  to make us free.
 
mikesgirl replied...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:57 am
Incredible insights.  I hope to read more from this young author. 
 
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