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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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World War I Remembered

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My story “A Letter from Kriemhilde Stellung” was awarded 3rd place in Canterbury’s Save As Writers’ Group’s competition in remembrance of World War I.  It might be included in a British anthology late in 2015.  Here’s what the judges had to say about it:

The Bigger Picture – Reflections on the Great War

3rd Prize: A Letter from Kriemhilde Stellung

“An engaging short story that grips the reader’s attention right up to the last minute. It begins with an old man in a nursing home asking for paper and pencil. We are then taken back to the cause of his request. Unlike any of the other stories, this actually describes a combat scene. The style is lean, mean and pacey with sparing use of adjectives. Arranged along a double timeline with good use of scenes, crisp characterisation, realistic dialogue and a good plot with a twist in the tail.”

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The effects of World War I loom large in daily events and cost American lives even now.  Our public ignorance of this catastrophic war and how it acts upon our lives a hundred years after its end dismays and embarrasses me.  I wrote this story in hopes of adding to general awareness of the War.  I’ll post information here if and when my story is published.

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