On Location Series #19–Antietam Battlefield

  The world wept in Sharpsburg Maryland in the year of 1862...   Historians call this the bloodiest battle that happened on American soil. Some even proclaimed as the deadliest occurrence of any kind that took place in North America. Over 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing that occurred within a single day of … Continue reading On Location Series #19–Antietam Battlefield

Beckie’s song. (Friday Night Poetry Corner #216)

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to another Friday Night Poetry Corner. This week is a very different poem, with commentary that is insightful on the same theme as the poem. Paol Soren’s feature called “Beckie’s Song.” Just read everything and give it some time to sink in.

Paol Soren

This is a repost. And even though I wrote it myself it still attacks me with tears.

Some years ago I followed a blog by Beckie. Beckie was immersed in the war in Bosnia and Croatia. She saw many friends and relatives murdered.

Sometimes when I would read each new post I would be unable to keep the tears from my face. One time was really hard. She and her family and her village were forced across a narrow single file bridge. She had her mother in front of her and her sister somewhere at the back. She was polite and stood back to let an old lady step onto the bridge in front of her. When they were on the bridge the soldiers shot every second person. That post was one that I couldn’t forget.

Right up until the end she never said which side she was on. And…

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