For Our Fathers: A Poem on War … by Alice B. Clagett

Image: “Rock at Cooper Falls,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2012, CC BY-SA 4.0

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. . . . . FOR OUR FATHERS:
. . . . . A POEM ON WAR. . . . .A POEM ON WAR
. . . . . by Alice B. Clagett
. . . . . May 2004

At first light, on the laid-back VA grounds —
. . . . . a land of not so well clipped lawns,
. . . . . and blooming jacaranda trees
. . . . . and blousy buildings, sprouted long before
. . . . . . . . . . the first computer cast its eerie glow
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . upon the shadow that had been our history —

Old men wait for the bus, unmoored
. . . . . from the stale sameness of the working day, and
. . . . . all adrift in that sour sea we call ‘retirement’.

These are the once-sung heroes
. . . . . of the ancient wars,
. . . . . who fought for freedom on unfriendly shores

. . . . . and who, returning, found
. . . . . . . . . . no peace of mind
. . . . . . . . . . in a far too civil union,

. . . . . who wake, each night,
. . . . . . . . . . dreaming atrocities
. . . . . . . . . . dreaming the sloe-eyed death
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of their personal dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . on the altar of our nation.

Now here they sit,
. . . . . this one nearly blind,
. . . . . and that one racked by gout,
. . . . . another, legless,
. . . . . . . . . . wielding his wheelchair like a Grand Prix pro

Each offering his friends the sweetest gift —
. . . . . a cheerful countenance
. . . . . to brave the gathering storm —

. . . . . and hoping, in his heart, that he may be
. . . . . . . . . . finally on his way home
. . . . . . . . . . to a land of perfect freedom.

Image: “Power Plant and Lowering Sky, Arizona,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2012, CC BY-SA 4.0

NOTE: The beautiful instrumental music in the video is “Prelude No. 13” from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0, … https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  ..

Image: “Rock at Cooper Falls,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2012, CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: “Power Plant and Lowering Sky, Arizona,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2012, CC BY-SA 4.0

Video: “For Our Fathers” … a Poem on War,” by Alice B. Clagett, in Alice Iamofthestars, 30 November 2015 …  https://youtu.be/d-hwWoGxfs8 ..

 


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