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Blood Brothers

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

As one, in life, they tug their craft
Over the sun bleached sands 
Salt air fills heaving chests 
The tide beckons with friendly waves.

They float over foam, spray in their eyes,
Laughs mix with the great loon’s cries
ruddy lads on Harbor Cork
empty hunger left ashore

The fertile land that fed their folk
Has naught milk from withered breast 
A dusty tomb in barren ground 
all that’s left to give her poor.

With greedy eyes they absorb
The last stand of their youth
Amongst millions who abandon Erin
For hope of work and bread

From Hibernia they descend
into stinking metal bowels 
rife with waste and vermin;
a place for many of last rites 

Cruel, Ellis Island casts them apart;
Tagged as sick one cannot debark 
Until the final port-of-call,
New Orleans, Dixieland.

Each finds solace with a lass 
To liven his spirit anew
Numb the pain of brethren rived
quell the hissing in his soul.

Cries of squirming newborns 
Comfort two lads far apart;
tears shed for a lost brother 
bedew yearning hearts.

Shrill calls to war pierce their lives;
A nation torn in two.
Swept up in jingoistic storms,
Slaughter joined, kith forsook.

Blue and Gray, sent forth to kill,
Our lads march inexorably nigh
over hills of limbs, hasty graves;
past rivers of guts and blood.

In a massacre at Fredericksburg,
fated, they meet again.
Amid blindness borne of night and smoke 
they dance a macabre embrace.

Deathly wounded Blue cries out 
in Gaelic born of County Cork.
The other hears an unforgotten voice;
drags the body to the light.

As he sees the dead tormented face
mortal anguish breaks his heart.
Arms entwined is how they’re found;
as one, once again, in death.

 

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  1. Date: 2/27/2012 4:02:00 PM
    Congrats Jay on "Blood Brothers" being featured. One of our history's dark spots. Great write.

    HERMAN Avatar JAY HERMAN
    Date: 2/27/2012 5:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Vince, thank you for your encouragement. I have read some of your work and look forward to seeing some more. Jay
  1. Date: 2/27/2012 5:51:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Jay. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/26/2012 11:34:00 PM
    An excellent read and well stated history. - Chuck

  1. Date: 2/23/2012 12:35:00 PM
    I am enjoying reading some very diverse poetry today. I am glad yours was amongst the ones posted here that I was able to read and enjoy Jay. Love, Carol