Please Don't Tell Aunt Martha

Please Don't Tell Aunt Martha

A Poem by Samuel Dickens
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A Civil War poem

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I did my best, oh mother dear, the cruel war to survive

knowin’ that you’d need your son, since papa up’t and died

I thought we’d run them Yankees back, right north into Missouri

it’d only take a week or two; no need was there for worry

Two thousand strong, we left Fort Smith, marching toward Cane Hill

and that is where we found Blunt’s men and blood began to spill

It wasn’t like I thought it’d be, I’m very sad to say

cause somethin' happens to your soul when murder has its way

Killin’ ain’t a natural thing that good folks ought to do

and that is why my finger froze when I seen cousin Hugh

I know he never saw my face, but just a suit of grey

so please don't tell Aunt Martha who put me in my grave


© 2015 Samuel Dickens



Author's Note

Samuel Dickens
Inspired by the Battle of Cain Hill, fought on November 28, 1862 near Fayetteville, Arkansas. I can't confirm that he was present at the battle, but my great-grandfather, Richard Dickens, was assigned to one of the units.

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A compelling read from one end to the other, which provides a stark reminder that wherever there is conflict, there will be casualties. A sensitively composed, hard hitting poem that is worth re-visiting from time to time. Oh' and for what it's worth, in my opinion, worthy of each of the 42 reviews already pinned to it....N

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Samuel Dickens

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Neville. Why some are eager for war, I'll never know.
Neville Pettitt

1 Month Ago

Nowt so queer as folk eh? All Good Things Samuel, Neville



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The reality of Civil War is tragic. Your poem is sad and to the point. Thank you

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

1 Month Ago

Thank you. Brother against brother--what horror and wrong.
A compelling read from one end to the other, which provides a stark reminder that wherever there is conflict, there will be casualties. A sensitively composed, hard hitting poem that is worth re-visiting from time to time. Oh' and for what it's worth, in my opinion, worthy of each of the 42 reviews already pinned to it....N

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Neville. Why some are eager for war, I'll never know.
Neville Pettitt

1 Month Ago

Nowt so queer as folk eh? All Good Things Samuel, Neville
I found one I haven't read yet! It's always worth a stroll thru your older poetry pieces! *wink! wink!* I love the way you've presented the core humanistic issue of the civil war, as far as the proverbial "brother fighting brother" thing . . . which you've SHOWN instead of telling. I love the way this starts out as a civil war scenario, but then it transforms into a social statement about war . . . with which I sooo agree. Your word-crafting & rhymes are well done as always! (((HUGS)))

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

7 Months Ago

Thank you. You make me think this might be one of my more successful poems.
barleygirl

7 Months Ago

I'm amazed you haven't done poetry in awhile becuz you're very good at it! *smile*
The ending of this gave me the chills. I lived in Batesville, Ark for 25 years. Love the Ozarks and the better weather down that way. Valentine

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

11 Months Ago

Thank you, Valentine. I was born in Booneville, lived there with my dad until age 14, then stayed wi.. read more
This is Awesome Sam !
Esp. after finding these treasures from your photo pages. I found the family tree.
I've been doing it since 1999 too.
Awesome !


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

1 Year Ago

Thank you. Indeed, treasures may be found in our family histories.
Many brothers and family died for nothing of value during that war. Slavery is wrong, but a peaceful settlement was not to come. Nicely done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

1 Year Ago

Thanks, Will. War, in my opinion, is always a sign of man's failure.
You sir are a brilliant story writer, and now I see a poet too! (welcome to the dark side)...
Nicely penned with great rythm and with a signature twist ta-boot. One of the reasons I always check out someones last on the list piece of work is because of gems like this. Bravo !
bill

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Bill. Although I don't consider myself much of a poet, I do write one occasionally.
rich in history and strong rhyming form .. these kinds of tales need telling over and over in my opinion .. we remember things for a reason says i! ;)
E.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thank you, and I agree. History is extremely important.
Hoping you have written a book since this master piece, feel like I, or at least my ancester was there, unfotunately, I am of northern ilk, but, we are all americans, the past is the past, the now is now, peace is over due

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thank you, and you are correct. I wave no rebel flags.
the end is heart-breaking, Sam. I like the idea of a letter from the other side.
Man should've learnt from the horrors of past wars. instead, things seem to be going downhill, don't they?
good of you to dig up old ones.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thanks, Woody. No, we never seem to learn.

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Foot of the Ozarks, AR



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