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Ashokan Farewell

The haunting strains of "Ashokan Farewell" keep racing thro' my brain.
'Tis a fitting requiem for those who bore the agonizing pain,
Of bidding a sad farewell at many a humble cabin door,
As young men were called to serve in the American Civil War.

Its poignant theme wafts as a gentle zephyr o'er the countless graves,
Of gallant men who faced Death's Scythe in unfaltering waves.
Men who wore either blue or gray and unselfishly gave their all,
Lie sleeping 'neath hallowed soil awaiting Gabriel's triumphant call.

Each time I hear those mournful chords played on the violin,
Tho' 'tis decades later, I feel melancholy for grieving next-of-kin,
And for their heroes left upon the field of strife, lonely, bereft, forlorn;
"Ashokan Farewell" is a sad lament for those who were left behind to mourn.

Every time I hear that tune, I'm reminded and left to wonder,
Why brothers tore this nation, this beacon of hope, asunder.
Thanks to one man's vision and unshakeable resolve,
A united and stronger nation would once again evolve.

Antietam, Bull Run, Manassas, Spotsylvania, Gettysburg,
Fort Sumpter, Shiloh and the formidable bluffs of Vicksburg;
O'er these now peaceful battlegrounds, once ravaged by shot and shell,
At eventide can be faintly heard, the solemn dirge of "Ashokan Farewell."

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Honorable Mention in the November 2010 Poetry Soup International Poetry Contest

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  1. Date: 5/10/2011 7:07:00 PM
    Hey Robert, Amazing historical piece! My hubby and I are gonna see if this song is on youtube. One of our favorite movies is Gettysburg and we could watch it over and over and is such an accurate portrayal of the Civil War...It's now time for you to seriously consider a book of historical poems....a section for each of your eras. I think you should be read out loud in history classrooms all across this land!!

  1. Date: 4/10/2011 11:28:00 AM
    Hi Robert-I can see this is a subject dear to your heart.I love the way you write,teaching and reaching,unfortunately we're still not learning as present day hostilities show.I like this and congratulate you on it being a winner.Luv June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 4/5/2011 6:03:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your poem being on the list of winners. Vince

  1. Date: 4/3/2011 6:53:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your featured poem this week on the Soup luv.. a great one to share with us all my friend.. thankxx for your review of my Scotland Stars and great to know it is your background.. hope I got the vocab correct ..

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 1:38:00 PM
    Dear Bob, Congratulations on your win in the Soup contest! So happy for you. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 1:38:00 PM
    Dear Bob, Congratulations on your win in the Soup contest! So happy for you. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 5:55:00 AM
    I will listen to it, Robert - on the website Deb posted. MANY CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 2:05:00 PM
    Here it is for everyone to hear

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 2:03:00 PM
    See how the cream rises ;) you bring us there with you and now I must google the song and listen! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 1:47:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the International contest~~

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 10:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in PS's Intl. Contest with this amazing write! Amazing! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 6:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest Bob. I enjoyed reading your poem again this morning. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 7:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your big win with a great poem. Enjoy the honor. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem Ashokan Farewell being featured this week, Bob

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 4:42:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all my friend with luv..

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 3:46:00 PM
    Congrad's on getting your verses through round 1 of the sites International Contest! Right where you should be the winners circle! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 6:33:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your first round success in the Poetry Soup contest luv...

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 11:43:00 AM
    Congrats on having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup home page this week. Please keep your creative caps on, let your poetry pen keep painting your poetry pads with colors of creativity. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a wonderful week ahead. Love always, Adeleke

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 10:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Robert. Love, Carol