Faye Sizemore

HALLOWED GROUND

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: October 3, 2008
Awarded: October 3, 2008

Soaring Eagle Writing Award
Fancy subdivisions…
The homes are new
With names like Bugle Call
And Cannon Hollow
They stand now where
Cotton used to grow
And where the sounds of battle
Still echo from long ago
Where was felled… Americas’ sons.
Uncles and neighbors
Sons and fathers
Mothers’ joys and fathers’ hopes
Changed forever in wide scopes
A way of life has come and gone
Lying forever crushed and done
Paved country roads now run
Where armies hauled their big guns
Those that boomed with might
And turned the enemy with fright
Graceful trees now line the borders
Where soldiers hid grouped by orders
Fought bravely and lived or died
While a watching Nation cried
Meadows where soldiers’ blood ran red
Growing now a remembrance flower bed
All is so peaceful here… And yet…
There are those who do not forget
That unity had a price that was paid for in blood
By the former tenants of this ancient neighborhood