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Memory

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 25, 2012, 11:02 AM
Memory flows through the veins of this land;
the earth does not forget the blood that was lost:
it nourished the roots of trees that still stand.
Memory flows through the veins of this land;
whispering past monuments to man,
ghosts roam the fields that armies once crossed.
Memory flows through the veins of this land.
the earth does not forget the blood that was lost.

So this is the first time in a while that I've finished a poem and immediately wanted to delete it, but every time I've ever done that I've regretted it so I'm uploading it instead. :dummy: I've just been missing fixed forms, so I was browsing :iconfixed-form-poetry: to find new forms to try my hand at. This one is a triolet. Fun to write, but maybe a bit limiting for this subject, which I think I have a lot more to say about. So expect more Gettysburg poetry from me, at some point, if I can figure out what I'm trying to say about it. I live near there, and I just find it so odd how peaceful it is, considering...

Anyway, thoughts appreciated. :aww:

Edit: I've tweaked it a bit and now I actually quite like it. Enough in fact to be entering it into the :iconweeklylitcontests: Fixed Form contest. :)
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Writer
I think I'm seeing why you feel limited, but still, I think this is a good start if you're going to do a series of poems about Gettysburg -- it would make a good intro poem. :)

I'm kind of jealous you live near there; the Civil War is one of those periods in history that completely fascinate me. :nod:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Writer
That's a good idea! Using it as an into. :)

Yeah, I love Gettysburg....though this time of year it is ridiculously crowded.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   Writer
I can imagine -- summer will do that. :nod:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod:
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toska9 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
This is a nice piece.
I am not American and thus do not relate to Gettysburg (thou' I DO know the history...).
My thoughts on this piece were about the country that I live in: apart from the part about armies crossing the land, it could equally apply. Our native people were slaughtered mercilessly when so-called Western civilisation colonised (substitute 'invaded') the country and your poem describes it poignantly.
Thank you for sharing.
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks!

Well even though I wrote it about Gettysburg, I do think it probably applies to most places battles have been fought.

0_o Where are you from, if you don't mind my asking?

(ps: YES I've gotten your note and I am going to reply I am SO SORRY I haven't yet!)
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toska9 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Oh, don't stress, whenever you get around to it will be fine! Life is so short and we are all busy. After I sent the note to you, I realised how busy and active you actually are on dA and to be honest, did not expect a reply and felt quite embarrassed for bothering you in the first place!
As for the country that I reside in, I prefer to stay anonymous on dA. :blush: I am quite prominent in my local community and I am really enjoying being known only for my writings whilst on dA. No offence intended! If it really tickles your fancy, I will gladly reply to you in a note and tell you....
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autumnlit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
You did a beautiful job! I never heard of triolet, I don't know much about different poetry forms, but I love all this history. I can't wait to see more!
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! :)
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autumnlit Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
You're welcome! ^^
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