The Survivors

ghostly image Rebel soldierWe know not why we have survived.

We know we are lucky to be alive.

We miss those comrades of yore.

But soon we will see them all once more.

We miss our pards who are gone

And we still are so forlorn

That they fell when so young

And from this life so quick flung.

They are gone to the Other Side

And in peace they now abide

Released from their pains of life

No more hate and no more strife.

Once foes they now are friends

And each day they make amends

For the ill will they bestowed

In those years of long ago.

They were courageous and true

To the life that they once knew.

Now they talk of mercy and love

That was shown them from above.

Those of us who are still down here

Must live a life that’s free from fear.

They look down on us each day

And tell us we should not be afraid.

A great celebration is waiting there

When to that realm we do repair

We’ll have no sorrows and no cares.

We’ll spend an eon of rejoicing there.

We’ll recount old times again

And we’ll greet all our dear friends

We’ll get to meet our heroes of old

And ask the questions from our souls.

Then we will be enlisted again

To serve in an army of friends

To provide for those still down here

Guidance that is free from mortal fear.

So we must not despair

They are looking out for us up there.

They know the fabric of life

And why we were the ones to survive.

All Materials © 2013  and Property of Vernon Dutton.
No part of this may be copied or used without written consent of 
Dutton & Associates, LLC.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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