A Long Journey Home

A Long Journey Home

A Poem by Diane Lockard

Today, Nov. 11, 2015 - Veteran's Day A tribute to all the men and women who serve our country... After the Civil War, a young Rebel soldier, some in their teens, starts his journey home....

“Ma, warm the beans,” hearing a knock on the log cabin door

Standing there, a young man, looking older than his years

Wearing a tattered Rebel uniform; hat in hand

“Any food to spare, sir? ...the road is long.”

"Come in,” indicating a spot at an old wooden table

Woman smiles and sets down a steaming cup of beans

Followed by a small square of corn bread, hot from the oven

A few dots of home-made butter melting on top

"Are you on your journey home?"

Mouth full of beans, he mumbles, "Thank you, ma'am,

It has been a long spell since I seen the I seen the ol' place

My Ma and Pa still there, the last I heard. Sister, too

Probably, has younguns of her own"

“Pa, pour him a cup of water. We will share the provisions

The Good Lord thought to provide us…

It is what I would want someone to do for own son"

Veteran’s Day Nov. 11, 2015 "Many thanks to the men and and women who serve to protect us.."

© 2016 Diane Lockard

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A very heartfelt tribute to those selfless people... You set the poem with a story that can touch any human soul...


Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Diane Lockard

7 Years Ago

Your positive feedback is appreciated and I am happy that I could share my poem with you...
This is very touching. Having grown up so poor, I'll never forget how much I appreciated the occasional compassion of strangers. The Civil War setting adds even more to the value of the moment.

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Posted 8 Years Ago

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Diane Lockard

8 Years Ago

I have been on Writers Cafe for several years and appreciate your thoughtful feedback. I enjoy check.. read more

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Added on November 11, 2015
Last Updated on November 11, 2016
Tags: Veterans, soldiers, Civil war, history


Diane Lockard
Diane Lockard

Moroni, UT

Thank you, friends, for exchanging stories and poems, plus reviewing my writing. Memories of growing up in Montana - My Mother's Hands, On the Road Again about family reunions, Discover Life's Treasur.. more..


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