Christina A. Sharik


Abraham Lincoln: 1809-1865
Abraham Lincoln: 1809-1865
Gaunt and tall
he walked to wagons
of wounded and dead…

carrying their cries
and the sadness
forever in his noble head.

Though not being religious
in the accepted sense,
he prayed.

He’d lost a son
and understood mourning…
In his soul the
widows stayed.

The Heavens were
draped in black –
there were no stars……

And he,
for his remaining time
on earth,
would bear the scars.

“I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America!” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Remarks at Closing of Sanitary Fair, Washington D.C.” (March 18, 1864), p. 254