When Bugles Blow

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When Bugles Blow

(Quintrains)

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Two sides hopelessly divided,

Northern blue, Southern grey.

The question of slavery decided

As angry aimed guns blaze away,

When bugles blow.

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The troops are all smartly marching.

The enemy’s dug in.

While the cannonballs are overarching,

It’s difficult to know who’ll win,

When bugles blow.

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The ground between is choking

With mortal clenching fear.

Officers, to the charge provoking

Reluctant troopers at the rear,

When bugles blow.

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The Generals claim their victory

Depending which side yields,

But, those rewarded for their bravery,

Lay dead on bloody battlefields,

When bugles blow.

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Author Notes Often, during the Civil War, both sides claimed victory after the battle. I came across a Civil War re-enactment at Pipestone, Minnesota in August, 2012. The battle scene gave me these thoughts.
This poem is a series of Quintrains (a poem with 5 line stanzas). I gave this one an unusual syllable count as I was experimenting with long/short tempo. The count of each verse is: 8/6/10/8/4. The rhyme scheme is: ababC dedeC fgfgC hihiC , where C is a repeated refrain.
This is a photograph that the author took at the event.

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