Remember the Alamo

The Rattling Bones prompt for Wednesday poetry:

“Remember (___)” fill in the blank, make it the title of your poem and write a poem based on it.”

A truly stream of conscious write. For some reason I do not fathom, the Alamo filled it’s self into the blank. That fateful word leads to this poem.

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Remember the Alamo

Remember the Maine

Passchendaele mud

Omaha beach crawl

Monte Casino snipers

Pork chop Hill retaken and retaken

Saigon falling

Helmand Province poppies

Patriots day

Flag day

Veterans day

But do we as a collective mind weigh

the cost beyond the battle front

War comes to people

just as people come to war

They did not ask to be

prisoners, cannon fodder, homeless

shot in the back as one army flees

shot in the chest as the other army follows

Forever changed lives left to reassemble

the stink of death remains

long after the burial pit

closes

The cheering crowds

of salvation and freedom fade

as a new master rules

We must watch the

nuclear arms clock

as it ticks

closer to midnight

Will there be anyone left

to remember that war?

@ phylor, 2015

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8 thoughts on “Remember the Alamo

  1. loricarlson66 June 10, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Wow… that is some great writing! I wish we didn’t have wars and so many lost lives. But I agree, the last one may decimate us all!

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    • phylor June 11, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      I’ve always been afraid of that ticking clock!
      Thank you for the kind compliment.

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      • loricarlson66 June 11, 2015 / 9:03 pm

        Me too! and you are most welcome, Phylor :)

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  2. DELL CLOVER June 10, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    So well done, Phylor–and I don’t see how anyone might live to tell about nuclear war. Interesting to ponder, though.

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    • phylor June 10, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      I can see survivalists and politicians having bunkers stocked for a thousand years or so. I still laugh and cringe when I hear the words “limited nuclear war.” Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe — older movies still hit the whole issue right on. (And, Peter Sellars made us laugh about it too!)

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  3. julespaige June 10, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Each generation has some very bad horrible no good bad, very bad war.
    I’m hoping that I can remember how to help those who are truly in need – not the greedy who think they own everything or that all is not only owed them, but on silver platters.

    I played for this prompt too.
    Will She Remember in Retrospect

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    • phylor June 10, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      I agree, there has never been “peace on earth” as far as I can tell. We seem doomed to repeat past mistakes. The clock had stopped ticking for a while, but with so many small countries/states having nuclear weapons, now, I think the clock is ticking faster!

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