Complex Gratitude for Something That Should Have Been Unnecessary

They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Isaiah 2:4

… but I still will not / drive through Georgia with New York license plates.

from “On the Civil War on the East Coast of the United States of North America 1860-64,” Alan Dugan

After the Battle of Corydon, the Confederate wounded were taken to the Presbyterian Church for nursing, where they reportedly bled on the pews. Also reportedly, some of the women of the congregation made sure their neighbors knew they had their shotguns on hand, lest anyone get the idea that Christian charity was a little too good for Morgan’s Raiders.

More Veterans Day poems at Poetry Foundation.

red line embellished

Updated 11.11.2021; originally published 11.11.2019

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