Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

The Generals at Sunrise

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

The Generals at Sunrise

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Think of them in the early mornings,

High up on their decks, standing watch

At the railings. LeMay, Westmoreland.

Think of them under the last stars,

Waiting for the first rooftops to flare,

Their ghostly breath rising over the lawns.

Think of them out there at that hour,

That cold ungodly hour before the dogs bark,

The trees wake, the birdbaths so quiet.

Where I Live

It's a big two-story, white clapboard farmhouse, pre-Civil War, with

a sprawling wrap-around veranda, two shady magnolias in front, a

widow's walk on top. Out one window there's a beautiful view of a

battlefield, a cemetery out another. No one remembers who won, or

even what war it was, but the casualties must've been heavy. …

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