Please Don't Tell Aunt Martha

Please Don't Tell Aunt Martha

A Poem by Samuel Dickens
"

A Civil War poem

"

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.

My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Featured Review

Civil War-an oxymoron...Family against family, tainting the earth with spillage of innocent blood...your dramatic and well-written poem so poignantly drives this home in the gentle, innocent words of a young boy and his tragic death by the hand of a cousin. Your great-grandfather (amazing picture) must have seen so much devastation. Excellent use of historical facts, colloquial language of the period, beautiful form, flow, cadence, imagery and rhyme. Took my breath away Sam. Kudos for this important and touching memorial.

Posted 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Annette. I wish we could learn from our mistakes.



Reviews

For a Brit this was American history on the first reading; a dramatic and finely written poem on the second reading, Then - then the truth wracked with wretched emotions hit and hit hard, Sam, Have read your stories over the years, had to come here, to find an early post not read. In the past, 'read heart, history and more in your posts, But this extraordinarily vivid and yet quite few words, shows the evil and fury of civil war, the spilling of one's own blood-bank. Your final line.. is.. tragic.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

10 Months Ago

Thank, dear Emma. That war was tragic and senseless, and all these years later, it's still not over .. read more
emmajoy

10 Months Ago

More than likely, with your sensitivity and experience, you've taken notice; you know and understan.. read more
A stark reminder of the mindless horrors of war even more magnified by relative against relative
Now, another weapons pact is failing and all these brainless a******s want to create even more killing potential
the stupidity of mankind

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Indeed, you are right. Clearly, mankind is a deeply flawed species.
Really? Little Dickie Dickens? Precious.
Sad poem, though. Thank you for sharing it, Sam.
I like Civil War stories; I've read the NORTH AND SOUTH trilogy several times.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thanks. Until my generation, Richard was a common family name. The last was one of Dad's brothers.
Civil War-an oxymoron...Family against family, tainting the earth with spillage of innocent blood...your dramatic and well-written poem so poignantly drives this home in the gentle, innocent words of a young boy and his tragic death by the hand of a cousin. Your great-grandfather (amazing picture) must have seen so much devastation. Excellent use of historical facts, colloquial language of the period, beautiful form, flow, cadence, imagery and rhyme. Took my breath away Sam. Kudos for this important and touching memorial.

Posted 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Annette. I wish we could learn from our mistakes.
The reality of Civil War is tragic. Your poem is sad and to the point. Thank you

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

3 Years 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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

3 Years Ago

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

3 Years 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 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

4 Years Ago

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

4 Years 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 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

4 Years 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 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

5 Years 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 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

5 Years Ago

Thanks, Will. War, in my opinion, is always a sign of man's failure.

First Page first
Previous Page prev
1
Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


Stats

1658 Views
48 Reviews
Rating
Shelved in 5 Libraries
Added on July 2, 2010
Last Updated on May 30, 2015

Author

Samuel Dickens
Samuel Dickens

River Valley, AR



About
Greetings, all. I'm a seventy-three year-old father of three sons who enjoys writing, art, music, motorcycles, cooking, and a few other things. From 1967 to 1988, I served in the US Navy, where I trav.. more..

Writing
Windy Windy

A Story by Samuel Dickens



Related Writing

People who liked this story also liked..