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Brew of Bolts

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My poem “Brew of Bolts” was recently published in Verse Virtual. It’s a tribute to both of my grandfathers and to America on Veterans Day. I have to give a nod to Carl Sandberg. I didn’t set out to emulate him, but great poets often pull lesser ones along with them. Here’s the poem and the link:

A brew of bolts

And nuts and nails

Stewed in the musty bottom drawer

Of my grandfather’s tool chest.

I stirred them with a finger,

Awakened clinking voices

Of Ford pickups, IH tractors and

Liberty Ships

Bursting through Atlantic waves

Bound for England

Or a U-boat’s torpedo.

America – with a sweaty collar and

Calloused hands –

America, the beautiful.

http://www.verse-virtual.com/robert-walton-2016-november.html

 

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Veterans Day Villanelle

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Election Day is just prior to Veterans Day. I’d like everyone to think of the latter as they participate in the former. I’d like to remind folks that the wars of the past sixty-six years – aside from the tens of thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of wounded, if anything can be aside from them –  have sorely wounded our Constitution. Our founders well knew that war can be used to manipulate ordinary citizens. That’s why they vested the power to declare war in ordinary citizens – through our elected representatives. Our representatives have run from their responsibilities for many decades to the harm of us all. My poem recalls the price we’ve paid. Responsibility for changing our course lies with us all. Here’s the link:

http://www.verse-virtual.com/robert-walton-2016-november.html

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