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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)

TITLE: upon a rusting cannon
By Jim McWhinnie
07/08/11


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upon a rusting cannon,
on a kindly warm September day,
a skylark perched and a sang a song,
there, in the midst of a sacred field now filled
with but memories of buttercups and daisies
and the fading echoes of cannonades
and last farewells of lads gone home too soon.

upon a rusting cannon,
in the still, still air of reverence,
a skylark perched and sang a song,
to chase away with noble, solitary courage
the breathless hush that has haunted us
through all these weeping years,
the muffled drums, no longer played but can still be heard
among the many, scattered stones
that mark the many, tattered souls
of soldiers now gone, gone away
to where battlefields no longer need to be,
to play among the mows of freshly gathered hay
to laugh all through the day,
to count the shooting stars as young ‘uns do dream the night away.

upon a rusting cannon,
in this golden field of harvest barley,
a skylark perched and sang a song,
an angel song to right the wrong,
to soothe the wounded of their tears
with her sweet, sweet trilling lullaby
to let all the fair-haired lads of wars gone by,
to rest in peaceful hope
beneath a soft September sky.


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Lillian Rhoades 07/14/11
War steals our youth. Your poem clearly illustrates this with a distinctive melancholy tone. Great word pictures.
marcella franseen 07/14/11
Beautiful.
Laury Hubrich 07/18/11
Wow. I feel like I'm in an old cemetery that demands hushed tones. Eerie. Nice. I want to know more...
Noel Mitaxa 07/19/11
Great imagery and warmth, and a sense of gratitude pervades your work. Well done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/19/11
Your imagery never disappoints. I love the juxtaposition of the symbols of war and peace. Well done!
Carol Penhorwood 07/24/11
So moving. Melancholy, gratitude, hope all rolled into one poem that touches the soul.