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The Peach Orchard

Oh such a spring in sixty three,
The orchard there for miles they’d see,
Light shades of pink that tinged the clouds
On blossoms where the bees would crowd
And dance from tree to tree.
The sun splashed yellow all around
Young lovers kissed outside the town
Beneath the copse of trees.

The rumble of a summer storm
Disguised the din of truth forlorn
As thousands marched this summer day;
Our nation’s sons in blue and gray.
Like bees of spring they swarmed,
But not for life and not for play,
Instead a pyrrhic death ballet –
The worst that man performs.

The orchard where they struck was shattered,
Both limb of man and tree were scattered;
The rubble of their hate was thrown
Where once a fruit of peace was grown –
Blood and life is splattered.
But in these fields a seed is sown
And grows to bear a truth that’s known –
Nourishing what matters.

The tears that drip like autumn leaves
Shed for the dead and those they freed
Are buried by first winter’s fall
And mourned by coyote’s lonely call -
Now joined by mother’s pleas.
While there a girl with tattered shawl
Sobs for her love lost in the brawl
Beneath the copse of trees.

Inspired by my upcoming trip to Gettysburg (third time)

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  1. Date: 4/12/2014 4:36:00 AM
    Craig this is a very beautiful write ,, though depicts saddest of moments !! Congrats on great win !!

  1. Date: 4/11/2014 10:38:00 PM

  1. Date: 4/11/2014 9:35:00 PM
    Hi Craig, , Congratulations, In Charlotte's MIX, contest.... always~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/11/2014 8:12:00 PM
    Such a sad history. .But at least some good came from it. My grandpa was a soldier in that war. I am happy he survived it or I would not have been here to read about it. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/11/2014 7:41:00 PM
    I just LOVE this one, can't believe I never saw it before, Craig. an outstanding poem very deserving of the win. Big congrats to you.

  1. Date: 4/11/2014 3:46:00 PM
    I don't know the place, but I feel like I do through your vivid words...quite a hard hitting piece but beautiful at the same time; I'm not always a great fan of rhyme, but when it's done like this I really enjoy it - congrats on your win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 3/12/2014 12:20:00 AM
    Dear Craig: A lovely work here. Enjoyed this read. Thanks. Leon

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 5:36:00 PM
    I can picture this place, very vivid, peach blossoms are very lovely,

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 12:58:00 PM
    Powerful write Craig !! Well depicted -- a tragic battle in poetic lyrics. I love American History... mostly because thye are the only country that has ever been able to stand up and fight for what they truly believe in. Xx~Xx

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 12:17:00 PM
    There is much beauty and description in your poetry it may not be for a contest but you manged to branch it out beautifully in a great direction, loved it xxxx

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 10:10:00 AM
    After touring Gettysburg awhile back, I could not even imagine the horror that took place so long ago. The hills were so at peace, the birds hovering sang their sweet songs, it was so quiet, lovely and peaceful. How can it be, that only by the presence of hatred, could such a heavenly place become hell? Who could not be inspired to write a poem, or a song......or shed a tear upon being there I wonder. This is so beautiful, so so sad

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 9:16:00 AM
    shiver me timbers, craig... this is one outstanding work that runs like a river ,spontaenous... how liberating ca this be; awesome!.. huggs

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 12:14:00 AM
    This is so well-crafted and heart rending. I was struck again upon contemplation of war, its pyrrhic nature and of how little is changed in its aftermath. War, indeed, is the last refuge of failure.

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 7:12:00 PM
    Craig, You took me there.. So glad you moved where the heart and mind were taking you!

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 5:59:00 PM
    I'd say it took a terrific direction Craig, sensitive write on a bloody subject. I see no reason you shouldn't enter this in that contest. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 3:14:00 PM
    When peace is shattered,beauty is gone indeed..A powerful and deep poem Craig,excellently penned.I love the title too..Its eye catching.Have a happy Sunday and tnks for stopping by my humble verse in previous days .

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 3:08:00 PM
    wow an incredibly powerful poem I didn't expect it to end so sadly. Jan x