“Dawn Drums” is honored in 2012 Senior Poets Laureate Contest

Summons to battle

I’ve been working very hard this past year on an historical novel set in May of 1864 at the beginning of our Civil War’s climactic campaign.  The experience was humbling.  The importance of the events I depicted forced me to seek the utmost clarity and truth in the words I used.  You’ll all have a chance to judge my success next year when the novel is published.  I wrote a villanelle to introduce the story.  It just achieved Honor Scroll Award status in the Poets Laureate Contest.  Here’s the poem:

Dawn Drums

They march again to war,

Sniffling, shuffling, voices muffled,

Through dawn’s uncertain door

Youth and man, rich and poor,

Through campfires’ smothered smokes

They march again to war,

From college, farm and store

They carry loaded muskets

Through dawn’s uncertain door

Damp drums tapping, four by four,

Meadow mists like ghosts ahead,

They march again to war

Black cannon mouths, fresh gore,

Shattered limbs and death await

Through dawn’s uncertain door

Flags yet furled

And bayonets sheathed,

They march again to war

Through dawn’s uncertain door

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One response to ““Dawn Drums” is honored in 2012 Senior Poets Laureate Contest

  1. This is very great. I translate it to Vietnamese that a similarity about war

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