A Moment with Lincoln. Photopoetry by Keith R Wahl

February 19, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

A Moment with Lincoln

Lincoln's Visit 

Lincoln's Visit 02 20230707 850_0774_displayLincoln's Visit 02 20230707 850_0774_displayA seated stature of President Abraham Lincoln as sculpted by Ivan Schwartz outside of the Gettysburg Visitors Center, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

'Midst hallowed ground, where heroes fell, beneath a sky serene,
With shadows cast by granite stones, upon this hallowed scene,
A privilege most rare unfolds, a moment grand and brief,
To converse with Honest Abe, and seek solace, or relief.

Should questions delve in strategy, of battles lost and won?
Or ponder on the nation's fate, the war so near undone?
To pry into the leader's heart, where burdens surely bind,
Or touch upon the hidden scars, upon his noble mind?

Nay, let us leave such mortal things, for history to relate,
And seek instead a wisdom vast, from one who bears the weight
Of guiding souls through darkest night, with faith that will not yield,
And glimpse the man behind the mask, his spirit yet revealed.

We'll ask of love, and loss, and hope, that burns within his breast,
The wellspring of his sympathy, where even grief finds rest.
Of dreams for this fractured land, once more whole and reconciled,
A tapestry of freedom's threads, for every child.

For in such human truths we find, a solace more profound,
Than battles won or battles lost, on this hallowed battleground.
To see the leader as a man, who shares our every tear,
And learn the strength that lies within, to conquer every fear.

So let us speak of simple things, of life and laughter's grace,
And find within that honest heart, a kindred human space.
For there, amidst the hallowed ground, with shadows drawing near,
We'll glean a wisdom worth beyond, that tells of his year.

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