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The Battlefield

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Horses screamed and armour clashed,

Warning shouts filled the air while

Mistress moon sailed overhead,

Her face inscrutable, no trace that she

Could hear or see the field below.

My eyes, unfocused, saw by her illumination

Row upon row of soldiers in ghost-like ranks

Marching down the hillside relentlessly,

Implacable, immovable, unbending, unyielding,

Their legs frozen in place for hundreds of years

As they stood in their prime, overseeing the scene

And remembering…

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©Denise G Allen, 18 January 2014 16:18

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

18 thoughts on “The Battlefield

  1. makes me think of walking getysburg…or appomattox…i have walked quite a few battlefields…and def feel the ghosts still there….watching….

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  2. BATTLING WITH OCCLUDED VISION

    At the “super”market today
    I passed some people
    Trying to collect money to
    “Support Our Troops”

    For God’s sake

    Which part of
    “Though shalt not kill”
    Do they not understand?

    For pity’s sake

    “Father, forgive them
    For they know not what they do”

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    • War is truly a terrible thing, Ben. It seems that they are on the increase the last few years.

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      • Control of shrinking resources and ever expanding population I think. Not that the jingoistic propaganda doesn’t fuel the flames. 😦

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        • You’re probably right, although now that our globe is shrinking and the internet is growing I hope and pray that things may turn around.

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        • Hence my concern over corporate/state attempts to control the internet. Of course there is much misdirection as to the need for it – “terrorism”, “piracy” etc. – the same sort of tactics used to mask the otherwise inexplicable policy of making relatively harmless non-addictive consciousness-expanding substances such as marijuana illegal while advertising and promoting the toxic and addictive consciousness-dulling drug alcohol. They must think we are stupid, and if we are not then we should be made so. And did I mention state/corporate of the media – “news”papers, radio and TV?

          If you have not seen Adam Curtis’ “Century Of The Self” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self) do try to get hold of a copy. I bought mine, but it also comes and goes on YouTube. It comes and goes??? Watch this two minute video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAc2MDe_Mo8

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        • You can watch all four hour-long episodes of “The Century Of The Self” at https://archive.org/details/AdamCurtis-TheCenturyOfTheSelf. Not great picture quality, clear enough.

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        • Thanks, Ben, for the references. Sounds very interesting. I hope I can find a copy of the complete set. (I hope, too, that it is not ‘over my head’.) Thanks once again. Sometimes thoughts of the internet make me feel a little uncomfortable. I agree with you re marijuana and alcohol. I wouldn’t like to become addicted to either!

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        • The link in my follow up contains the complete series. And the language and delivery are quite clear and straightforward. IMHO a must see experience that if I were a secondary school/college/university teacher I would include it in my course work,

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  3. I have met people who swear they have seen ghostly re-enactments of battle scenes.

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  4. “The mistress moon sailed overhead” how original Denise nice, very nice..

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  5. Thank you so much, Jake. 🙂

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  6. An epic image – much enjoyed thanks.

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