Colin F. Jones

THE COLUMN

Riding foremost in faded blue,
Was Captain Roger Amos Drew,
With scabbard jingling by his side
He droops his head as if to hide.

By his left rides Sergeant Dunn,
His carbine glinting in the sun,
The dust has risen in a soft-like breeze,
To drift as haze among the trees.

The Sergeant turns his head to see,
The Corporal riding alongside Lee,
The sergeant signals with his hand,
They turn to gaze across the land.

Where the hills dip and rise out there,
Waits the enemy with patient care,
The sergeant looks along the column,
He sees big Ted his face so solemn.

The wary horses plod along,
To the music of the desert song,
As the clouds float across the sky,
A returning scout passes by.

His body bloody in the sun,
His mount was lathered from the run,
Captain Roger Amos Drew,
Halted the column to play his cue.

Dismounting the men they formed a ring,
Behind a mound they began to sing,
Death or glory, what will it be
For a mighty army before us we see.

The carbines bellowed and roared with rage,
Dropping the grey-coats among the sage,
But slowly, slowly, they were pushed back,
For fighting energy they began to lack.

Sergeant Dunn goes down in blood,
Like they had always said he would,
In hazy smoke and bloody pain,
They fight so bold but all in vain.

Down goes Lee in a bloody heap,
Now he will never be buried deep,
When the last man stood his ground,
There came the tune of a bugle sound.

Back to the hills rode the grey-coat horde,
Leaving the blue-coats to the mercy of the Lord;
When all the land was deathly still,
There rode a column against its will,

Ghostlike soldiers on ghostly horse,
A gallant blue-coat cavalry force,
A part of histories sadder past,
But a memory that will ever last,

Riding foremost in faded blue,
Was Captain Roger Amos Drew,
With scabbard jingling by his side,
He droops his head as if to hide.

By his left rides Sergeant Dunn,
His carbine glinting in the sun,
The dust has risen in a soft-like breeze,
To drift as haze among the trees.

Author’s Note: My first war poem – based on the American Civil War