The Woeful Score of Gettysburg. Photopoetry by Keith R Wahl

February 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

The Woeful Score of Gettysburg

Bust of Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg Address Memorial

Bust of Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg Address Memorial 02 20230707 850_0888_displayBust of Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg Address Memorial 02 20230707 850_0888_displayThe bust of President Abraham Lincoln scultped by Henry Bush-Brown (1912) at the Gettysburg Address Memorial, Gettysburg Pennsylvania

I.
Hark, from the hills of Gettysburg, where shadows stretch and groan,
A mournful hymn, a keen of souls, on hallowed ground sown.
Four score and seven winters past, a nation rent in twain,
With brother set against brother, bathed in blood and pain.

II.
There Lincoln stood, a shepherd lost, amidst the fallen sheep,
His voice, a reed in sorrow's wind, did o'er the carnage sweep.
"A hallowed ground," he cried aloud, "where heroes brave did fall,
That we, the living, might be free, and answer freedom's call."

III.
But oh, the bitter harvest reaped, from seeds of discord sown!
The land, once fair, a crimson field, where hope and dreams lay prone.
"A new birth of freedom," Lincoln prayed, "from ashes shall arise,
But can a nation, torn apart, mend the ruptures in its eyes?"

IV.
He spoke of fathers, sons, and ghosts, who walked the earth unseen,
Their sacrifice a hollowed drum, a requiem, evergreen.
"Let not their offering be in vain," his voice a mournful plea,
"That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth, yea!"

V.
But doubt still lingers in the air, a serpent's whispered word,
Can wounds so deep, so raw, be healed? Can unity be stirred?
The echoes of Gettysburg still wail, a testament to pain,
A nation's soul laid bare and raw, in sun and pouring rain.

VI.
Yet hope, like dawn, begins to break, through cracks in sorrow's wall,
For in the echoes of that day, a promise still doth call.
That we, the living, heed the words, etched on the hallowed ground,
And build a nation, whole and strong, where freedom's song resounds.

VII.
So let us rise, with hearts renewed, and walk the path they trod,
With Lincoln's spirit as our guide, and faith in man and God.
For Gettysburg, though stained with blood, a phare still shall be,
A testament to sacrifice, and hope for liberty.

VIII.
And when the shadows fall again, and doubt begins to creep,
Let us remember Gettysburg, and whisper, "We shall keep
The promise made on hallowed ground, with tears and blood made pure,
A nation bound by love and grace, forever to endure."

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Full disclosure: The Gettysburg Address Memorial was designed by a forbear relative of my wife's, Louis R. Heinrich (my wife, Jennifer, is descended from ancient Rhode Island roots). The design was approved Elihu Root, Secretary of War on December 17, 1903. The blueprint of the monument resides beside our high school aged sons in the area where they study in our Rhode Island home. 

© Keith R Wahl, Made From RI/Made From RI Gallery, 2024. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Keith R Wahl and Made From RI/Made From RI Gallery with appropriate and specific direction to the original.



 

 


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