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The Battles of Saratoga - Part 1

The following sonnets (an incomplete Heroic Crown) depict a series of battles that turned the tide of the American Revolutionary War. The impact of these battles eventually marked the end of British rule and the beginning of a new America. * A confidence devised a daring scheme to seize the valleys bounding to the North. Where Mohawk sought the Hudson's ecra sand each river’s course, two forces tarried forth. A third would press against the Hudson’s flow to front the Continentals in a duel, prodigious might, convening in a show, to congregate like legs upon a stool. But daring schemes fall quarry in the throes of destiny beholding to the winds, for plans awry shall simply discompose whene’er an overconfidence contends. Aggressive deeds of avarice have grown fastidious in honor to the throne. * Fastidious, in honor to the throne, has rendered null the strategies of war. A pompous wane and dawdle shall bemoan when privilege and arrogance deplore. The British lines, collective in their ploy, held fast to proven tactics born of old. Each ordered grade intended to destroy the rebel dispositions that unfold. From Montreal one wave prepared to sweep into the contours down to Lake Champlain, but soon the pace would falter to a creep as revelry instilled the vast campaign. Success lies in the hands of his regime with grand designs that underscored supreme. * With grand designs that underscored supreme, vindictive ire had scarred the battleline. The Southern wave detracted from the scheme thus, stalling in its venture to align. A greater prize lay front its mighty force, a founding city filled with rebel ire, to pass it by could change the warring course and draw the wrath of France into the fire. But flailing ranks fell victim to a game of arrogance and jealousy at play, a rationale for altering his aim disguised the cause to keep their king at bay Though privilege fills coffers of the throne, such recklessness, a king should ne’er condone. * Such recklessness, a king should ne’er condone for honor must reflect a Royal’s role, when shrouds of dereliction cloak the throne the dissidence within defeats the goal. A field of grandeur, armed beyond compare, stands not as one with rancor at its lead, ineptitude meanders to a snare when brazen indiscretion fails to heed. But honor stands in humble disregard of vain repute with independent aim, through dignity, it vows to ne’er be marred by vanity is search of self-acclaim. As windward Reds coerce the valley verge, Dominion’s might consumes the scarlet surge. * Dominion’s might consumes the scarlet surge of regiments that scour the Mohawk vale. They reave the lands where tribal hearts converge to front the force intending to assail. A stanchion lay along the river course to subsidize a famished Red Brigade, diminished rile instilled the weakened force as stalled munitions failed to render aid. The Continentals stood to seize the day as deprivation ceded in the fight, for ev’ry morsel floundered on its way to fill the bellies of the crimson might. Salvation quells as fury bars the door with ravenous intention to deplore. * With ravenous intention to deplore, dissemination stirred a rebel bane, a shadowed doubt was spilled to underscore the truth behind the death of lady Jane. Confusion filled each version of the tale to cloak intent or veil a reckless fault, an aimed deceit would escalate in scale to undermine all explanations sought. Soon agitation filled the yellow page with verbal bait to make the masses bite, each poisoned word provoked a zealous rage as frenzied droves were drawn into the fight. Militia’s might has tarried to the diverge each revel rank descended to converge. * Each revel rank descended to converge as riled militias raced into the ire, the western flank of England’s crimson surge fell quick beneath the rage of rabble fire. Aggressive deeds of one who sought to gain the accolades of militant elite, would rally forth to stay the vast campaign to lend in their decision to retreat. Though ne’er a note of recognition hailed in gesture to commend a gallant pride, such consequence eventually unveiled a treacherous intention deep inside. An honor scorned is placed forevermore upon a quest that turns the tide of war. * Upon a quest that turns the tide of war, all forces soon would face the final surge. The Southern sweep through Hudson’s corridor would bear the mark where destinies converge. A first assault fell swiftly to the Red allowing Continentals to retreat, a humble farm would be the vital stead to render rebel efforts a defeat. But ways of war fall victim to reprise as protocols and tactics go astray, such overt schemes facilitate demise when strategy and daring come to play. As lords of war prepared the final stage, the rebel ranks filled boundlessly with rage. To be continued...

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Date: 1/22/2022 7:00:00 AM
I am reading your civil war crown sonnets in your book Mark and I am so impressed with your talent to bring the emotions and passions of that time to life again with your talented pen. Bravo! I shall have to leave a review on your wonderful book at Amazon. Blessings xxoo
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Mark Massey
Date: 1/25/2022 10:46:00 AM
Thanks Connie, I certainly appreciate your comments. The endeavor was more of a "hard work" issue than a talent thing...but I'll take the compliment!! Also, I've almost completed all 15 sonnets of Saratoga and will post the remaining ones separately. Thanks again.
Date: 1/17/2022 6:55:00 AM
Poets, tories and rebels salute you Mark; an auspicious prelude for sure!
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Date: 1/11/2022 8:21:00 PM
My goodness, I am getting a glimpse at the scope of your masterful works, Mark! Your book is coming my way any day now..look forward to reading it in full! Absolutely amazing…you should be very proud! :)
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Laura Leiser
Date: 1/11/2022 8:25:00 PM
Oh, just read below that this is about the American Revolution and your book is about the Civil War, of course! Obviously I wasn’t a history major..oh well. This set of sonnets is amazing!
Date: 1/11/2022 4:07:00 PM
This is an exquisite masterpiece Mark. Is this in the book that you have at Amazon? I just went over there and purchased a copy in paper back of This war of brothers. These crowns sonnets are so impressive I just had to buy a copy. I look forward to a continuance. Into my Faves! Your talent is an example to all who reach for poetic glory! Blessings xxoo
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/11/2022 4:28:00 PM
It doesn’t matter, as I also really love reading about the Civil War. Please let me know when your book containing these sonnets are published. You are so talented to be able to tell the stories with such intrigue as to hold one’s attention the entire way through. I could compare you to my favorite poet Lord Byron. Bravo! xxoo
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Mark Massey
Date: 1/11/2022 4:11:00 PM
Thanks Connie, these are part of my second book(to be) about the American Revolution. The Amazon book is about the Civil War.
Date: 1/11/2022 1:03:00 PM
Astonishing art, Mark! Wow! as good as Whitman's work! soupmail
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Mark Massey
Date: 1/11/2022 2:05:00 PM
Thanks James -- Whitman may have the notable edge on me...but I will maintain my humility as I quietly savor that compliment. Thanks again!
Date: 1/10/2022 4:21:00 PM
Awesome history lesson in poetic form, Mark. Are you a history professor? Looking forward to more of the Heroic Crown. Great work so far, Mark. Have a great week, a poet friend, Bill
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Mark Massey
Date: 1/10/2022 5:00:00 PM
Bill - not a professor but I do have a book on Amazon Books. It's a series of 15 heroic crown of sonnets outlining the American Civil War. It's called "This War of Brothers". I hope you check it out. I sincerely thank you for the comment.