After Battle: a Civil War Rememberance

I haven’t shared a poem from one of my books in some time; therefore, with you permission, I thought I’d do that today. The poem After, posted below, is from my book The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly: a Story of the American Civil War. In it, Lt. Everly reacts to seeing the dead after his first battle, dead bodies that, before they shed all life, were his students.

The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly: a Story of the American Civil War is available on Amazon.com.

After

July 20, 1861

We’ve buried the dead,
sprinkled our prayers
on shallow graves.

Dig deeper, I ordered. Deeper.
They must rest. They need rest.
Let the earth hide them

from the demons that haunt
our steps, but the general
took our shovels,

replaced them with muskets.
Today’s a day for marching,
he said, not mourning. We still

have blood to shed.
Tears can salt the world
after our veins are dry.

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