June 29th, 2015

Shaman - Horse

Poem - Monuments

I’m a pretty liberal guy. I’m also a Southerner, born in Louisiana and raised most of my life in Alabama. I firmly believe that removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State house. I do not support the call to remove Confederate monuments. This action would both dishonor the intentions of those who memorialized the fallen and give society an opportunity to forget the past. In the future these monuments will not be a celebration of a past. They will instead be a reminder of where we came from, and a warning not to turn back that way.


Monuments
Poem for Day 180 – 20150629

A way of life fought for years ago,
power elite struggled for status quo.
Politicians sought to hold the line,
contest ended on the losing side.

Thousands died in battles lost,
loved ones remembered afterwards.
Monuments built to stamp in stone
the blood of those then gone.

Headstones erected to the dead,
honoring solder and veteran,
echoes placed by those who loved
the ones departed to the loam.

The wheel of years has turned around,
with groups of hatred in control
of heritage's objects once held dear,
long separated from a first intent.

Where is the place to honor the dead,
to place significance on past history?
Where does the remembrance of loss end,
the beginning of hate's queer taint begin?

Do we tear down the monuments,
erected by the women of the men?
Do we smash cold headstones
to move into the here and now?

Society is built on past's dismal swamp,
the mire is drained to heal the all.
What place will the fallen hold
when monuments have been destroyed?

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