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Conservative Poet = West Point, N.Y. Hall Evacuated Because of Tom Zart
by Tom Zart  
1/26/2009 / Leadership


POETRY IN THE WHITE HOUSE

West Point, N.Y. Hall Evacuated Because of Tom Zart





The White House
Washington

March 16, 2007
Ms. Lillian Cauldwell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Passionate Internet Voices Radio
Ann Arbor Michigan
Dear Lillian:
Number 41 passed on the CDs from Tom Zart. Thank you for thinking of me.
I am thankful for your efforts to honor our brave military personnel and their families. America owes these courageous men and women a debt of gratitude, and I am honored to be the commander in chief of the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world.
Best Wishes.
Sincerely,
George W. Bush


SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF WORLD WAR III



Our sons and daughters serve in harms way
To defend our way of life.
Some are students, some grandparents,
Many a husband or wife.

They face great odds without complaint
Gambling life and limb for little pay.
So far away from all they love
Fight our soldiers for whom we pray.

The plotters and planners of America's doom
pledge to murder and maim all they can.
From early childhood they are taught
To kill is to become a man.

They exploit their young as weapons of choice
Teaching in heaven, virgins will await.
Destroying lives along with their own
To learn of their falsehoods too late.

The fearful cry we must submit.
And find a way to soothe them.
Where defenders worry if we stand down
The future for America is grim.

Now's not the time to fight one another
Or kiss our enemy's cheek.
All through history it remains the same
The strong enslave the weak.

May God continue to bless America
Refusing evil, the upper hand.
It's up to us to stay resolute
Defending the liberty of Man.

Poet investigated for sending package
Topeka Copital-Journal Mrrch 5, 2,000
By SCOTT R. GREENBERG
The Capital-Journal
LENEXA --- Maybe someone took that passage about "the rocket's red glare" a bit too seriously.
But all Tom Zart really wanted to do was send poetry to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to inspire the cadets. He very well may wind up inspiring them, but he had officials there scared for a bit.
The school received a "suspicious-looking package" last month that had the words "enclosed poems" written on it.
"It felt like something moving inside, a lump. It wasn't packed very well," said Maj. Jim Whaley, the academy's chief of public information.
At 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, about 100 cadets, staff and faculty members were evacuated for nearly two hours from one wing of Washington Hall, a building that houses the cadet mess hall, classrooms and the office of the commandant of cadets.
Capt. Christopher Garrett, secretary general staff of the United States Corps of Cadets, "was contacted by an unknown person who explained he was a poet," Whaley said. "He was a very Southern- speaking man who said he would like to send some poetry to the commandant to inspire the cadets."
Garrett was told he would receive an 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch envelope, but the package Garrett sent was much larger and weighed more than five pounds. The caller never identified himself, according to Whaley.
As Zart, 55, tells it, the misunderstanding came about because of a simple slip of memory.
"I had permission from Captain Garrett to send in my book of poems and CD," Zart said. "I sent it in a priority mail box, and when it got there Garrett forgot about giving me permission to send it. It just scared the hell out of them."
The package contained his recital book of 154 poems, which weighed four pounds. Two CDs were included, as well as 10 copies of each of his 13 war poems with accompanying artwork.
Zart, who has been writing military-themed poetry for 30 years, remained calm when Lenexa detectives visited his home to investigate. He invited them inside and played voice messages he had received from the offices of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, former President George Bush and Sen. John McCain, all of who had received Zart's book of poetry, "Remember When" and his compact disc, "Memories."
Persuaded that Zart wasn't an aspiring Unabomber, the detectives left.
Zart was born in Topeka and lived here until he was 7. He came back every weekend to stay with an aunt until he was about 14.
Zart, now a Lenexa resident, used to work on the Burlington Northern Railroad as a brakeman.
"Sometimes we'd be on duty 16 hours a day, so I wrote poems to keep from being bored," he said. "You get to see the world like other people don't get to see it. You see the river, the moon is out, the farms, cattle, people."
His work centers on military and patriotic themes "because I went to join the military after my first divorce because I didn't care if I lived or died," said Zart, who was rejected by the military because one leg was 2 inches shorter than the other.
"Guys I worked with and went to high school with never came back. I wrote them out of guilt that they went and I didn't get to," he said.
In his poem "Freedom," Zart pays tribute to soldiers injured or killed while fighting for their country: "America has survived all attempts to destroy/Knowing the cruelty of war,/And, we who remain/ Must help keep her free/For those who can march no more!"
"D-Day" recalls the bloody battles and the bravery of the men who fought them: "The corpses littered the beach for five miles,/Though heroism had carried the day./With literally thousands dead or wounded,/Those who were left were determined to stay."
Zart appears on several radio programs, including "Let's Talk with Jim Cates" on AM 580 WIBW, where he contributes his "poem of the week." And every Friday he recites a poem on Tom Becka's show on AM 980 KMBZ.

Poet and Author of
Love War And More
225 poems published by Publish America;
SHEPHERDS of LIFE e-book 350 poems,
CD "MEMORIES" 28 poems with music
by Bill Crain for sale on the web under
Tom Zart and or Bill Crain.


It's appropriate and symbolic that the romantic poet Tom Zart was born on


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Washington March 16, 2007 Ms. Lillian Cauldwell President and Chief Executive Officer Passionate Internet Voices Radio Ann Arbor Michigan Dear Lillian: Number 41 passed on the CDs from Tom Zart. Thank you for thinking of me. I am thankful for your efforts to honor our brave military personnel and their families. America owes these courageous men and women a debt of gratitude, and I am honored to be the commander in chief of the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world. Best Wishes. Sincerely, George W. Bush OBAMAíS UNYIELDING HONOR WORLD WAR III Weakness invites moral plight, war and aggression Encouraged by mistrust, misjudgment and delay. All we love can be destroyed and transformed By the powers of darkness maneuvering our way. When something wicked stares us in the face To corrupt our morals, faith and resolve. God gives us courage to defend whatís right No matter the sacrifice or danger involved. Evil seeks to destroy the good in man And silence the memory of Godís law. Itís up to the faithful to stay unyielding Defending the liberty and justice of all. Our men and woman who serve in harmís way Are the armor of what the free world depends on. Without their sacrifice of body and soul All that we stand for is gone. GOD LOVES HIS SOLDIERS Sometimes itís hard to protect what is right Sometimes weíre scorned as for others we fight. Some of us are willing regardless of loss To commit our soul to save the cross. Evil prospers on greed and human hate Always eager to destroy and defecate. Godís grace descends on the souls of man Cleansing the impure wherever He can. As long as man has struggled on earth Life has had its troubles from birth. Godís seed of goodness has delayed manís demise Thank Heaven for his heroes the strong and the wise. The Lord adores his heroes of yesterday Just how numerous, only He could say. God loves his soldiers who line up to serve By standing against evil His grace they deserve. NEVER BE AFRAID TO BE PROUD of AMERICA America, the abundant, the place I was born I'll cherish till the day I die. Where the bones of past heroes lie buried in the ground Who loved her the same as I. Her mountains are so tall they reach for the sky With prairies where the green grasses grow. There's billions of trees where wild birds nest With creatures that flourish below. That blue gold called water with which we are blessed As raindrops or crystallized snow; Changes to rivers and fresh water lakes While the winds of our seasons blow. There's the haunt of a whistle from a lonely freight train Racing on ribbons of steel With the harvest of farms and from the factories Balanced in a box on a wheel. Some cities have buildings a hundred stories tall Structures of concrete, glass and steel. A statue in a harbor, a present from France Describes how, inside, we feel. That flag on the moon with red and white stripes Proves Americaís dreams come true. A country of heroes who line up to protect The past, the present and the few. Weíll defeat terrorism as it should be fought Never letting Satanís horde chase us to our door. Safeguarding our borders and system of life As our forefathers sacrificed before. Never be afraid to be proud of America And march with the brave, faithful and just. Refusing to submit to the will of our enemies Standing firm to preserve what we trust. INTO THE TEETH of THE DOG All through history man was born to struggle Surviving nature, disease, greed, and war. Since his conception he has remained the same Choosing to serve evil or good as before. Our boys and girls face the teeth of the dog In hot spots all over our earth. They leave their families and all they love To protect and preserve what liberty is worth. The foes they face are the mad dogs of man With a desire to kill, disfigure and enslave. They sing and dance to the death of others Teaching principles of hate till the grave. Support our troops who battle the horde While we live the good life back home. When you see a soldier show them your smile Say ďhello we love you and your not alone.Ē THE MAD DOGS OF MAN Wherever dwell the mad dogs of man There is corruption, plunder and hate. In every city, town, or village Those who promote distrust deserve their fate. All are born as an innocent child Till mislead by others along the way. God has always loved his children Though it breaks His heart when they stray. The mad dogs of man never repent For they have no sense of shame or sorrow. Worshiping dominance and the dark side of life Abusing victims as if there were no tomorrow. God gives the will to sin no more And to overcome evil unwilling to cease. The mad dogs of man must be stopped Who murder, rape and destroy world peace. Samson, Solomon, and David Were chosen by God to stand tall. They faced great odds and the fear of death Refusing to ignore their call. The time has come for the good men of earth To band together to restrain the horde. Standing firm against tyranny where it exists Putting the mad dogs of man to the sword. WHERE WARS ARE WON OR LOST Wars are waged by older men In battle rooms in countries apart. Who call for greater firepower And troops for the combat chart. While out among the shattered flesh The dreams of all have turned gray. So young and determined their faces were Till on the battlefield they lay. Unable to overcome their pride The politicians cast their vote. For this or that or something else As the rage of war sounds its note. Wherever wars are won or lost The soldiers fall like toys. Down through history it remains the same Most who die are hardly more than boys. Like monkeys in a revolving cage Man squabbles for the peanuts of power. When will we rise above our greed And become as a beautiful flower? Death to death, dust to dust The wrath of war is a horrible crime. Itís the beast within that still prevails As it has through the torments of time. WAR IS THE GREATEST PLAGUE OF MAN As war is fought it takes charge And events spin out of control. The madness of men can alter the soil Which nourishes the roots of their soul. Many things will forever change Far more then wished to be. As the wrath of war starts to destroy Those things we fight to keep free. War is the greatest plague of man Religion, state, and sanity. Any scourge is more preferred Than the one which disables humanity. When war breaks out, boundaries change And all who die are a token Of the rage that must run it's course Before words of peace are spoken. War I hate, though not men, flags nor race But war itself with its ugly face. When we lose faith in the brave, which die Then we're not fit to greet those who cry. What distinguishes war isn't death But that man is slain by fellow man. Crushed by cruelty and injustice With his enemy's murderous hand. War tends to punish the punishers So the losers won't suffer alone. The essence of war is but violence Till the survivors come marching home. Sometimes it's hard to defend what's right Sometimes we're forced to rise up and fight. Sometimes we survive, while others must die Sometimes never knowing the reason why. The rush of combat is a natural buzz Caused by fear, leaving nothing as it was. Hunting one another like wild game Without a shortage of those to blame. Sometimes victory comes too slow or quick Sometimes the cost on both sides is sick. Sometimes God is asked to intervene To help stop the savage from being so mean. War is a hell we visit before death Fueled by the whisper of the devil's breath. There must be a reason man destroys man But why it is so, I can't understand. SEPTEMBER 11th After suffering the wrath of a sneak attack America now mourns to her very core. Though soon her enemies shall all but flee From the sound of America waging full war. Let there be no doubt, no doubt at all That the devil has decided to give us a call. We shall defeat hellís soldiers and cast them out And if we die; that's what freedom is about. We shall seek them out wherever they may hide Street by street, house-by-house, cave by cave. They will be eradicated from the face of the earth By the righteous, the loyal and the brave. SATANíS HORDE SHALL BE REMOVED Overrun with war and uncontrolled leaders Our world becomes more dangerous each day. Dishonest politicians, criminals and the media Survive by their falsehoods at play. Bible believers preach, that the end is near Our world as a whole is beyond reform. God will eradicate all which is wicked By His fire of eruption and storm. To evilís victory, I will never concede May its supporters anguish in hell. By the grace of God and the power of faith The goodness of man will prevail. What we accomplish is heavenís measure As patriots respond to the threats of man. Protect and defend what we love till death As the soldiers of Satan arise from the sand. SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF WORLD WAR III Our sons and daughters serve in harms way To defend our way of life. Some are students, some grandparents Many a husband or wife. They face great odds without complaint Gambling life and limb for little pay. So far away from all they love Fight our soldiers for whom we pray. The plotters and planners of America's doom Pledge to murder and maim all they can. From early childhood they are taught To kill is to become a man. They exploit their young as weapons of choice Teaching in heaven, virgins will await. Destroying lives along with their own To learn of their falsehoods too late. The fearful cry we must submit And find a way to soothe them. Where defenders worry if we stand down The future for America is grim. Now's not the time to fight one another Or kiss our enemy's cheek. All through history it remains the same The strong enslave the weak. May God continue to bless America Refusing evil, the upper hand. It's up to us to stay resolute Defending the liberty of Man. SO DEAR TO MY HEART So dear to my heart are my loved ones at home As I toss and I turn in my bunk all alone. Everyday I see death, hate, and corruption Combat is God's proof of man's malfunction For family, comrades, and myself I pray To my love with this poem I wish to convey. I knew I loved you though never how much Till by war, I'm forced beyond your touch. Where violence thrives, there's the stench of death With the taste of fear on every breath. Who shall prevail, who shall die As the sadistic kill beneath God's sky. Baghdad has become man's highway to hell Where the hearts of darkness are alive and well. I count each day till it's time to come home And be with my love and never alone. Love You Your Marine FREEDOM In their new uniforms The young march off Not knowing who shall return. With a proud devotion They brandish their flag Leaving loved ones to wonder and yearn. May we all be buried By all of our children Is an ancient tribal prayer. They're so easy to lose But so hard to forget Such a burden for a parent to bear. Oh, the taste of victory Shall soon be forgotten But, never that which was lost. For those rows of white headstones In peaceful green fields Make it easy to tally the cost. America has survived all attempts to destroy Knowing the cruelty of war And, we who remain Must help keep her free For those who can march no more! OUR FLAG Our flag is fabric wove of thread Carried by heroes live and dead. She stands for justice and courage too With her colors; red, white and blue. For all who serve her, there'll be cheers For any who die, there'll be tears. For all who love her, life is swell For those who harm her, war is hell. How many moms have cried before As they sent their children to war. How many dads have not returned Because our freedom must be earned. Wars were waged where brave men died As patriots fought side by side. Our flag is still the pearl of earth Because of those who prove her worth. LOVE OF COUNTRY I dedicate this poem from inside my tent As the desert winds keep it's silhouette bent. My love of country is at full boil now I'd like to describe it but it's hard to know how. Tomorrow I'll hunt those who enjoy our death Cursed by their hatred and foulness of breath. I don't care if it's another God they serve For their crime's retribution is what they deserve. Their horde survives by a different set of rules, Though soon they'll learn the fate of murderous fools. Proudly I serve my homeland and president Who I've sworn to defend one hundred percent. While haunted by visions of what I must do I fight for justice, and the red, white, and blue. VETERAN'S DAY The cost of freedom is sometimes high Extremely more when our loved one's die. Men and women pledged to fight and serve And it's our support that they deserve. Mankind itself is the one to blame That all through history, the story's the same. Peace, like love, can be hard to acquire Subject always to enemy fire. Some how the righteous tend to prevail Over the miss-guided, prone to fail. No wonder we fear the tongues that lie As mankind squabbles beneath God's sky. The danger our solders face is real So lets let them know just how we feel. Put forth your flag and show them your heart As those we love from us depart. THE BATTLE FOR BAGHDAD Determined though scared, I walk my beat On the deadly streets of Baghdad. Searching for any who plot our harm Or by our death are joyous and glad. Standing in shadows caused by the moon I'm reminded of my nights back home. I wonder if the woman I love Is growing tired of sleeping alone? I feel remorse for all who live here For this place is a madman's hell. And those who wish to keep it that way Must be killed or locked away in jail. My greatest fear is not my death But that I'll end up in a wheelchair. Disabled for the rest of my life, Depending on others for my care. My wife, she prays for my safe return As night and day more GI's are killed. She knows quite well, whatever it takes The oath I've given will be fulfilled. SADDAM The king of Baghdad has fallen Never to dictate again. Man shall sentence him for this crimes And heaven shun him for his sin. For his tyranny, he was famous In every capital on earth. Till apprehended in his spider hole Completely stripped of his worth. He is guilty of rape and genocide While he ruled without remorse. His power and prestige were toppled Once George Bush set his course. Though it may seem that the wicked triumph And have conquered by their brutality of hand, Through the power of faith they are defeated By the seed of goodness in man. FORMIDABLE FOE America is the birthday cake of earth As the ants march from every direction. Thank God for all who have sworn to defend her Serving with love, honor, pride, and affection. Since the first day George Washington marched off to war There have been those who have wished our demise. Their hatred, fueled by jealousy and greed Was defeated by our brave and the wise. Once again, we must face a formidable foe Who have pledged by their God to destroy us all Misusing their faith as an excuse to kill As for a worldwide jihad, their leaders call. Some say we should try to appease them For if we resist, they'll hate us even more. But the David's among us shall cast our stones Defeating them, as it was done before. SHOULD TOMORROW START WITHOUT ME Should tomorrow start without me Remember I love you. Looking down from up above Seeing everything you do. If I become a casualty I pray you will love again Whom ever makes you happy I'll consider my friend. Should tomorrow start without me Remind our boys, God loves all who care. And when life seems too harsh and cruel With "Him" they must share their prayer. I have proven I'm not a coward Who breaks and runs to survive. Always fearing death will kiss me As the streets of Baghdad I drive. Should tomorrow start without me Be proud I choose to serve. Our faith and our patriotism Earn the freedom we deserve. I miss home more than ever It breaks my heart to stay away I can't help but want to hold you And whisper what I say. AMERICAN SOLDIER Our soldiers line up to be remembered As the best of the best at their job. They wish to be needed and depended on To save all we love from the mob. They risk their life and limb for liberty Standing firm against evil unwilling to break. To be part of something greater than themselves They are willing to sacrifice whatever it will take. THANK HEAVEN FOR HEROES Thank heaven for the heroes of life Who lead us to overcome those who are not. The wise are grateful for all God's blessings Where fools never realize what they've got. America is the grain train of earth Whose people exercise rule by their vote. All have a chance to partake and prosper As they arrive by foot, plane or boat. Our freedom relies on the law of the land Our future depends on our grit. Our past has known both good and bad And our mistakes we are willing to admit. The grim of heart hate America And choose to put her wonders to shame The devotion of most who love and live here Rise up to defeat the soldiers of blame. THE LONELINESS OF WAR I know I'm still here so far, far away As I fight for what I believe is right. I wonder about you and your mom Every moment of every day and night. The loneliness of war can drive you insane If you don't get letters of concern from home. Left, right, behind and ahead, Death awaits leaving love ones alone. We pray to God that we will be saved To return home or live the here after. Bloody, dirt-covered men, we see everyday As we yearn for those times of laughter. The far off stare of a fallen comrade As you stay by his side till his end. No mother ever carried her infant child More carefully, than we do a friend. Many have their own personal diaries To help keep their faculties together. Watching hot steel crash into human flesh Always makes home seem far away and better. I've become an expert at dodging, weaving and diving So try not to worry too much about me. Just help your mom and stand up from the ground And while I'm gone be all you can be. SACRIFICE,TRANSFORMATION,AND UNRESTRICTED WARFARE The Japanese hadn't lost a war since 1598 Each man carried 400 rounds of ammunition (twice as many as an American infantryman) With five days rations and fearless determination. The men in the badly wrapped brown uniforms Since their early childhood had been taught That to die for the emperor and one's country Was the greatest of all glories to be sought. Moreover, the hardware backing them was awesome As sharpshooters they were accurate up to a thousand yards and more. Their ships were faster, their guns bigger, Their torpedoes better And their planes matchless in quality, aerobatics and score. Only by sacrifice, transformation, and unrestricted warfare Was America able to overcome and prevail. Again America must stand firm to survive As we face a new monster from Hell. By Conservative Poet Tom Zart Most Published Poet On The Web TOM ZARTíS RADIO POEMS You can hear all of Tom Zartís 333 poems of love, war, faith and more 24-7 on web radio at http://internetvoicesradio.com/Arch-TomZart.htm Tom Zart ARCHIVES: Global Special Operations 101 http://www.globalspecialoperations.com/tomzart2.html
2009-05-14
CONSERVATIVE POET TOM ZARTíS 50 AMERICA AT WAR POEMS The White House Washington March 16, 2007 Ms. Lillian Cauldwell President and Chief Executive Officer Passionate Internet Voices Radio Ann Arbor Michigan Dear Lillian: Number 41 passed on the CDs from Tom Zart. Thank you for thinking of me. I am thankful for your efforts to honor our brave military personnel and their families. America owes these courageous men and women a debt of gratitude, and I am honored to be the commander in chief of the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world. Best Wishes. Sincerely, George W. Bush UNYIELDING HONOR Weakness invites moral plight, war and aggression Encouraged by mistrust, misjudgment and delay. All we love can be destroyed and transformed By the powers of darkness maneuvering our way. When something wicked stares us in the face To corrupt our morals, faith and resolve. God gives us courage to defend whatís right No matter the sacrifice or danger involved. Evil seeks to destroy the good in man And silence the memory of Godís law. Itís up to the faithful to stay unyielding Defending the liberty and justice of all. Our men and woman who serve in harmís way Are the armor of what the free world depends on. Without their sacrifice of body and soul All that we stand for is gone. GOD LOVES HIS SOLDIERS Sometimes itís hard to protect what is right Sometimes weíre scorned as for others we fight. Some of us are willing regardless of loss To commit our soul to save the cross. Evil prospers on greed and human hate Always eager to destroy and defecate. Godís grace descends on the souls of man Cleansing the impure wherever He can. As long as man has struggled on earth Life has had its troubles from birth. Godís seed of goodness has delayed manís demise Thank Heaven for his heroes the strong and the wise. The Lord adores his heroes of yesterday Just how numerous, only He could say. God loves his soldiers who line up to serve By standing against evil His grace they deserve. NEVER BE AFRAID TO BE PROUD of AMERICA America, the abundant, the place I was born I'll cherish till the day I die. Where the bones of past heroes lie buried in the ground Who loved her the same as I. Her mountains are so tall they reach for the sky With prairies where the green grasses grow. There's billions of trees where wild birds nest With creatures that flourish below. That blue gold called water with which we are blessed As raindrops or crystallized snow; Changes to rivers and fresh water lakes While the winds of our seasons blow. There's the haunt of a whistle from a lonely freight train Racing on ribbons of steel With the harvest of farms and from the factories Balanced in a box on a wheel. Some cities have buildings a hundred stories tall Structures of concrete, glass and steel. A statue in a harbor, a present from France Describes how, inside, we feel. That flag on the moon with red and white stripes Proves Americaís dreams come true. A country of heroes who line up to protect The past, the present and the few. Weíll defeat terrorism as it should be fought Never letting Satanís horde chase us to our door. Safeguarding our borders and system of life As our forefathers sacrificed before. Never be afraid to be proud of America And march with the brave, faithful and just. Refusing to submit to the will of our enemies Standing firm to preserve what we trust. INTO THE TEETH of THE DOG All through history man was born to struggle Surviving nature, disease, greed, and war. Since his conception he has remained the same Choosing to serve evil or good as before. Our boys and girls face the teeth of the dog In hot spots all over our earth. They leave their families and all they love To protect and preserve what liberty is worth. The foes they face are the mad dogs of man With a desire to kill, disfigure and enslave. They sing and dance to the death of others Teaching principles of hate till the grave. Support our troops who battle the horde While we live the good life back home. When you see a soldier show them your smile Say ďhello we love you and your not alone.Ē THE MAD DOGS OF MAN Wherever dwell the mad dogs of man There is corruption, plunder and hate. In every city, town, or village Those who promote distrust deserve their fate. All are born as an innocent child Till mislead by others along the way. God has always loved his children Though it breaks His heart when they stray. The mad dogs of man never repent For they have no sense of shame or sorrow. Worshiping dominance and the dark side of life Abusing victims as if there were no tomorrow. God gives the will to sin no more And to overcome evil unwilling to cease. The mad dogs of man must be stopped Who murder, rape and destroy world peace. Samson, Solomon, and David Were chosen by God to stand tall. They faced great odds and the fear of death Refusing to ignore their call. The time has come for the good men of earth To band together to restrain the horde. Standing firm against tyranny where it exists Putting the mad dogs of man to the sword. WHERE WARS ARE WON OR LOST Wars are waged by older men In battle rooms in countries apart. Who call for greater firepower And troops for the combat chart. While out among the shattered flesh The dreams of all have turned gray. So young and determined their faces were Till on the battlefield they lay. Unable to overcome their pride The politicians cast their vote. For this or that or something else As the rage of war sounds its note. Wherever wars are won or lost The soldiers fall like toys. Down through history it remains the same Most who die are hardly more than boys. Like monkeys in a revolving cage Man squabbles for the peanuts of power. When will we rise above our greed And become as a beautiful flower? Death to death, dust to dust The wrath of war is a horrible crime. Itís the beast within that still prevails As it has through the torments of time. WAR IS THE GREATEST PLAGUE OF MAN As war is fought it takes charge And events spin out of control. The madness of men can alter the soil Which nourishes the roots of their soul. Many things will forever change Far more then wished to be. As the wrath of war starts to destroy Those things we fight to keep free. War is the greatest plague of man Religion, state, and sanity. Any scourge is more preferred Than the one which disables humanity. When war breaks out, boundaries change And all who die are a token Of the rage that must run it's course Before words of peace are spoken. War I hate, though not men, flags nor race But war itself with its ugly face. When we lose faith in the brave, which die Then we're not fit to greet those who cry. What distinguishes war isn't death But that man is slain by fellow man. Crushed by cruelty and injustice With his enemy's murderous hand. War tends to punish the punishers So the losers won't suffer alone. The essence of war is but violence Till the survivors come marching home. Sometimes it's hard to defend what's right Sometimes we're forced to rise up and fight. Sometimes we survive, while others must die Sometimes never knowing the reason why. The rush of combat is a natural buzz Caused by fear, leaving nothing as it was. Hunting one another like wild game Without a shortage of those to blame. Sometimes victory comes too slow or quick Sometimes the cost on both sides is sick. Sometimes God is asked to intervene To help stop the savage from being so mean. War is a hell we visit before death Fueled by the whisper of the devil's breath. There must be a reason man destroys man But why it is so, I can't understand. SEPTEMBER 11th After suffering the wrath of a sneak attack America now mourns to her very core. Though soon her enemies shall all but flee From the sound of America waging full war. Let there be no doubt, no doubt at all That the devil has decided to give us a call. We shall defeat hellís soldiers and cast them out And if we die; that's what freedom is about. We shall seek them out wherever they may hide Street by street, house-by-house, cave by cave. They will be eradicated from the face of the earth By the righteous, the loyal and the brave. SATANíS HORDE SHALL BE REMOVED Overrun with war and uncontrolled leaders Our world becomes more dangerous each day. Dishonest politicians, criminals and the media Survive by their falsehoods at play. Bible believers preach, that the end is near Our world as a whole is beyond reform. God will eradicate all which is wicked By His fire of eruption and storm. To evilís victory, I will never concede May its supporters anguish in hell. By the grace of God and the power of faith The goodness of man will prevail. What we accomplish is heavenís measure As patriots respond to the threats of man. Protect and defend what we love till death As the soldiers of Satan arise from the sand. SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF WORLD WAR III Our sons and daughters serve in harms way To defend our way of life. Some are students, some grandparents Many a husband or wife. They face great odds without complaint Gambling life and limb for little pay. So far away from all they love Fight our soldiers for whom we pray. The plotters and planners of America's doom Pledge to murder and maim all they can. From early childhood they are taught To kill is to become a man. They exploit their young as weapons of choice Teaching in heaven, virgins will await. Destroying lives along with their own To learn of their falsehoods too late. The fearful cry we must submit And find a way to soothe them. Where defenders worry if we stand down The future for America is grim. Now's not the time to fight one another Or kiss our enemy's cheek. All through history it remains the same The strong enslave the weak. May God continue to bless America Refusing evil, the upper hand. It's up to us to stay resolute Defending the liberty of Man. SO DEAR TO MY HEART So dear to my heart are my loved ones at home As I toss and I turn in my bunk all alone. Everyday I see death, hate, and corruption Combat is God's proof of man's malfunction For family, comrades, and myself I pray To my love with this poem I wish to convey. I knew I loved you though never how much Till by war, I'm forced beyond your touch. Where violence thrives, there's the stench of death With the taste of fear on every breath. Who shall prevail, who shall die As the sadistic kill beneath God's sky. Baghdad has become man's highway to hell Where the hearts of darkness are alive and well. I count each day till it's time to come home And be with my love and never alone. Love You Your Marine FREEDOM In their new uniforms The young march off Not knowing who shall return. With a proud devotion They brandish their flag Leaving loved ones to wonder and yearn. May we all be buried By all of our children Is an ancient tribal prayer. They're so easy to lose But so hard to forget Such a burden for a parent to bear. Oh, the taste of victory Shall soon be forgotten But, never that which was lost. For those rows of white headstones In peaceful green fields Make it easy to tally the cost. America has survived all attempts to destroy Knowing the cruelty of war And, we who remain Must help keep her free For those who can march no more! OUR FLAG Our flag is fabric wove of thread Carried by heroes live and dead. She stands for justice and courage too With her colors; red, white and blue. For all who serve her, there'll be cheers For any who die, there'll be tears. For all who love her, life is swell For those who harm her, war is hell. How many moms have cried before As they sent their children to war. How many dads have not returned Because our freedom must be earned. Wars were waged where brave men died As patriots fought side by side. Our flag is still the pearl of earth Because of those who prove her worth. LOVE OF COUNTRY I dedicate this poem from inside my tent As the desert winds keep it's silhouette bent. My love of country is at full boil now I'd like to describe it but it's hard to know how. Tomorrow I'll hunt those who enjoy our death Cursed by their hatred and foulness of breath. I don't care if it's another God they serve For their crime's retribution is what they deserve. Their horde survives by a different set of rules, Though soon they'll learn the fate of murderous fools. Proudly I serve my homeland and president Who I've sworn to defend one hundred percent. While haunted by visions of what I must do I fight for justice, and the red, white, and blue. VETERAN'S DAY The cost of freedom is sometimes high Extremely more when our loved one's die. Men and women pledged to fight and serve And it's our support that they deserve. Mankind itself is the one to blame That all through history, the story's the same. Peace, like love, can be hard to acquire Subject always to enemy fire. Some how the righteous tend to prevail Over the miss-guided, prone to fail. No wonder we fear the tongues that lie As mankind squabbles beneath God's sky. The danger our solders face is real So lets let them know just how we feel. Put forth your flag and show them your heart As those we love from us depart. THE BATTLE FOR BAGHDAD Determined though scared, I walk my beat On the deadly streets of Baghdad. Searching for any who plot our harm Or by our death are joyous and glad. Standing in shadows caused by the moon I'm reminded of my nights back home. I wonder if the woman I love Is growing tired of sleeping alone? I feel remorse for all who live here For this place is a madman's hell. And those who wish to keep it that way Must be killed or locked away in jail. My greatest fear is not my death But that I'll end up in a wheelchair. Disabled for the rest of my life, Depending on others for my care. My wife, she prays for my safe return As night and day more GI's are killed. She knows quite well, whatever it takes The oath I've given will be fulfilled. SADDAM The king of Baghdad has fallen Never to dictate again. Man shall sentence him for this crimes And heaven shun him for his sin. For his tyranny, he was famous In every capital on earth. Till apprehended in his spider hole Completely stripped of his worth. He is guilty of rape and genocide While he ruled without remorse. His power and prestige were toppled Once George Bush set his course. Though it may seem that the wicked triumph And have conquered by their brutality of hand, Through the power of faith they are defeated By the seed of goodness in man. FORMIDABLE FOE America is the birthday cake of earth As the ants march from every direction. Thank God for all who have sworn to defend her Serving with love, honor, pride, and affection. Since the first day George Washington marched off to war There have been those who have wished our demise. Their hatred, fueled by jealousy and greed Was defeated by our brave and the wise. Once again, we must face a formidable foe Who have pledged by their God to destroy us all Misusing their faith as an excuse to kill As for a worldwide jihad, their leaders call. Some say we should try to appease them For if we resist, they'll hate us even more. But the David's among us shall cast our stones Defeating them, as it was done before. SHOULD TOMORROW START WITHOUT ME Should tomorrow start without me Remember I love you. Looking down from up above Seeing everything you do. If I become a casualty I pray you will love again Whom ever makes you happy I'll consider my friend. Should tomorrow start without me Remind our boys, God loves all who care. And when life seems too harsh and cruel With "Him" they must share their prayer. I have proven I'm not a coward Who breaks and runs to survive. Always fearing death will kiss me As the streets of Baghdad I drive. Should tomorrow start without me Be proud I choose to serve. Our faith and our patriotism Earn the freedom we deserve. I miss home more than ever It breaks my heart to stay away I can't help but want to hold you And whisper what I say. AMERICAN SOLDIER Our soldiers line up to be remembered As the best of the best at their job. They wish to be needed and depended on To save all we love from the mob. They risk their life and limb for liberty Standing firm against evil unwilling to break. To be part of something greater than themselves They are willing to sacrifice whatever it will take. THANK HEAVEN FOR HEROES Thank heaven for the heroes of life Who lead us to overcome those who are not. The wise are grateful for all God's blessings Where fools never realize what they've got. America is the grain train of earth Whose people exercise rule by their vote. All have a chance to partake and prosper As they arrive by foot, plane or boat. Our freedom relies on the law of the land Our future depends on our grit. Our past has known both good and bad And our mistakes we are willing to admit. The grim of heart hate America And choose to put her wonders to shame The devotion of most who love and live here Rise up to defeat the soldiers of blame. THE LONELINESS OF WAR I know I'm still here so far, far away As I fight for what I believe is right. I wonder about you and your mom Every moment of every day and night. The loneliness of war can drive you insane If you don't get letters of concern from home. Left, right, behind and ahead, Death awaits leaving love ones alone. We pray to God that we will be saved To return home or live the here after. Bloody, dirt-covered men, we see everyday As we yearn for those times of laughter. The far off stare of a fallen comrade As you stay by his side till his end. No mother ever carried her infant child More carefully, than we do a friend. Many have their own personal diaries To help keep their faculties together. Watching hot steel crash into human flesh Always makes home seem far away and better. I've become an expert at dodging, weaving and diving So try not to worry too much about me. Just help your mom and stand up from the ground And while I'm gone be all you can be. SACRIFICE,TRANSFORMATION,AND UNRESTRICTED WARFARE The Japanese hadn't lost a war since 1598 Each man carried 400 rounds of ammunition (twice as many as an American infantryman) With five days rations and fearless determination. The men in the badly wrapped brown uniforms Since their early childhood had been taught That to die for the emperor and one's country Was the greatest of all glories to be sought. Moreover, the hardware backing them was awesome As sharpshooters they were accurate up to a thousand yards and more. Their ships were faster, their guns bigger, Their torpedoes better And their planes matchless in quality, aerobatics and score. Only by sacrifice, transformation, and unrestricted warfare Was America able to overcome and prevail. Again America must stand firm to survive As we face a new monster from Hell. VIETNAM SOLDIER IN THE RAIN I'm just a soldier who stands in the rain My memories of home are what keep me sane. Back home is a land of milk and honey Ruled by lust and love of money. But, what can I say, when I serve her true For I volunteered to see this war through. Now, that I'm here, it's hard to believe We're just the victims of those who deceive. As darkness falls on the rice fields of Nam Scared men with rifles walk the shadows of the calm. It's thousands of miles to the steps of my church With its stained glass, steeples and lost souls who search. Off in the distance I see an arc light Bombs being dropped on children at night. I've seen that evil they call the yellow rain And how life withers when it's sprayed by a plane. All of my buddies have been taken away No more touch football will they ever play. Zipped in their body bags for the long trip home Are some of the bravest, I've ever known. War is a hell, devised by man There's death in the sea, the sky and the land. Lord, I can't help but wish I were home Back with my love, whom I hope is alone? DADS AT WAR Where would I be without you dad My hero of night and day I'm so glad you love my mother And take time for us each day. The last time we played baseball You reached for me with your hand. I looked at you, then made a wish That I might be just half the man. I love my father of this earth And I love my father of heaven. It's a lot for me to love, you know For I'm only eleven. Mom and I sure miss you Since you left to defend our flag. When others ask, where is your dad I can't help but boast and brag. BULLETS AND BARBWIRE We awoke to the crack of rifle fire With mortar rounds hitting the ground near by. The flying shrapnel was absorbed by sand bags Which saved lots of us who wished not to die. The hot spent shell casings fell to the ground As the VC charged our fortified hill. We killed so many the stench made us sick While we fought to live and not for a thrill. Barbwire, bullets and clay-mores took their toll As red and green tracers lit up the sky. Before long I was the last GI left When napalm caused my enemy to fry. Fleeing the sound of our choppers gunfire The enemy retreated to the caves and trees. Then I cried, "thank you " to heaven above As I checked out my buddies on my knees. Somehow I managed to survive the day Though many I've served with names I have read Carved in the shinny black stone of The Wall Are my comrades of war, among the dead. KOREA 1950 UN soldiers fought and were forced to retreat Behind sandbags protected by barbwire hoops. Many GI's died as they held off attacks By 810,000 Communist troops. Our guys used phosphorus, flame-throwers and napalm For without these weapons they could not survive. The Communist charges led by buglers Till the UN could start it's offensive drive. On the battlefield of death and misery Many froze with their hands still stuck to their guns. While others hobbled with their boots wrapped in rags City boys, farmers, students, fathers and sons. With a million and a half dead or wounded Both sides singed a truce before generals involved. July 27th, 1953 And though thousands were orphaned, nothing was solved. WORLD WAR II WAR As war is fought it takes charge And events spin out of control. The madness of men can alter the soil Which nourishes the roots of their soul. Many things will forever change Far more then wished to be. As the wrath of war starts to destroy Those things we fight to keep free. War is the greatest plague of man Religion, state, and sanity. Any scourge is more preferred Than the one which disables humanity. When war breaks out, boundaries change And all who die are a token Of the rage that must run it's course Before words of peace are spoken. TROOP SHIP Our ship had sailed before the dawn Surrounded by the thickest of fog Still ignorant of our destination Or what was written in the captain's log. It didn't take long for me to see Our cruise was not for fun An experience of a lifetime With nowhere for us to run. Twenty knots per hour we cruised As the white caps passed us by Ten thousand young Americans Off to Europe to die. A sailor told us not to worry Someday we'd get our mail. Uncle Sam would make sure No matter how far we sail. Thirty feet deep I tried to sleep Beneath our ship's waterline Just the place for claustrophobia To enter into my mind. My favorite vest was my May West Which I wore all the time Just in case of German U-boats Or an underwater mine. Thirty-three days we were at sea We crossed the equator twice. Many years have passed since then Those years of sacrifice. BRAVERY Many brave souls lived before now Unwept and unknown by their face. Lost somewhere in the distant night Till a poet chronicles their grace. True bravery is shown by performing Without witness, what one might be Capable of before the world Without any or all to see. How great the brave who rest in peace All blessings from heaven to earth. They gave our country but their best Those destined to be brave from birth. PEARL HARBOR Sunday, December the seventh In the year of 1941, While most of Hawaii still slept Came the planes of the Rising Sun. Waves of bombers and fighters flew From the decks of the Japanese ships. While our planes were still on the ground "Banzai" was spoken from their lips. The winds of war had been blowing Across the oceans of our earth Though not till Pearl had been bombed Did we realize what freedom's worth. Wars are fought and won on two fronts At home and on the battle line. Both are equally important When war consumes our heart and mind. The attack brought us World War II With death, pain and separation. All who had served were well aware Of their sacrifice for nation. CONFLICT The harder the conflict we sometimes face The far more glorious is the victory. Tyranny like hell is tough to defeat When it raises its head throughout history. War never leaves a country as it was When neutrality is a word disregarded. As the murderous hands of man himself Are to blame for all who have departed. D-DAY THE WALL Over two hundred rangers scaled "The Wall" A stone cliff over one hundred feet tall. Some of them made it all the way to the top While others fell and perished from their drop. Those who climbed over, had answered God's call For men to stop evil once and for all. They fought the Germans and destroyed their guns To save the lives of our fathers and sons. So many years have passed since then When our world's future was saved by brave men. We cannot forget the hell they went through Before the skies, again turned blue. D-DAY D-Day raised the curtain on the conflict That fore shadowed the end of Hitler's dream. The largest joint combat landing ever Though the blood from both sides flowed like a stream. When their boats hit the sand, their ramps went down And all within paid a visit to hell. They jumped out to do good for their country And to kill the enemy without fail. They fought the Germans, tides, winds and the waves In conditions not easily foreseen. By night the battle was in our favor With bravery, valor, death, and men who scream. The corpses littered the beach for five miles Though heroism had carried the day. With literally thousands dead or wounded Those who were left were determined to stay. They faced great odds and chose not to protest And won the war that put evil to shame. Most came home, married and raised their babies But those who could not we recall with pain. MIDWAY It was June the 4th 1942 As I was floating in the ocean alone The ship I had sailed on, sank to the bottom And I thought I would never again, see home. The Japanese fleet had steamed in from the east With the intentions of capturing Midway. Though they were stopped by American war ships Whose guns, bombs and torpedoes planes saved the day. All night long, I watched the fireworks of war And on the second day we turned up the heat. As big bombers from Hawaii dropped their loads On Japanese ships who soon chose to retreat. An imperial pilot came floating close by Who had been chewed on by the beasts of the sea. I couldn't help but feel passion for this is man Who had answered his call just like me. When it was over, I was plucked from the deep By men in a lifeboat just after the dawn. For two days I had watched the battle for, Midway Now it's quiet and the enemy has gone. SURVIVAL I drifted all night and was loosing my hope Before by the moon's light I saw dry land. I floated over and through its reefs to the beach Where I quickly smoothed out my tracks in the sand. All I had was my dagger and a canteen And it was May 4th of 43. Just me alone on an enemy island Wasn't a safe place for a sailor to be. I felt I could kill in less than a heartbeat If that's what it took for me to survive. I'd already said thanks so many times For" God" was the reason I was alive. Off in the dark, I herd two men's voices Laughing and talking in a language not mine. Inch by inch I crept to their campsite Where on what they were eating, I would soon dine. I stabbed them both and took their fish, rice and wine Then ran my way back to the raft by the beach. Soon I was floating in the ocean again And far enough out where bullets couldn't reach. The next day I was picked up by a seaplane Whose crew spotted my sail from the air. Once inside and safe, I cried like a child For the dead whom would forever be there. It was hard to believe heaven let me live A farm boy from Kansas, in high school last year. My girlfriend is blond and she hates it I 'm gone Though I'm a veteran of battle, death, and fear. OKINAWA Okinawa was to be our last stop Before we invaded Japan. The largest landing of the Pacific war As our soldiers ran across the sand. At first our marines were scarcely opposed But on the fifth day hell they found. A solid wall of human resistance Firing their weapons from caves in the ground. Air power and big guns had little affect On their cliff forts carved deep in the limestone. It took man against man to root them out As flying bullets pierced flesh and bone. Kamikaze pilots crashed their planes Knocking out transports and war ships. As the Imperial air force struck our fleet Cries of fear and hate spewed from lips. One hundred, ten thousand Japanese By the end of the battle were killed. Over twelve thousand Americans died, Before, just our flag flew over the field. BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC After the fall of France in 1940 The Germans soon began their own blockade With most their efforts in the Atlantic Hoping to cut Britain's flow of war trade. With fast surface raiders like the Bismarck Merchant ships caught at sea, had little chance. The German's small navy sank ship after ship Till the British Navy destroyed war's romance. Shipping losses from German U-boats increased And the battle of the Atlantic seemed lost. But soon America would enter the war To defeat freedom's enemies at all cost. Multitudes would die and their families cry Before World War II would be fought to its end. What a waste of mankind, which had lost its mind Though now, our enemy is our friend. PARTING The truest words, which portray my love I speak to you from within my heart. May we always recall how we feel Though through conflict we're forced to part. No one can say how long they will last For life is not everlasting. Yet most hope to be blessed by love By he who does our casting. As the fear of battle bites my flesh My thoughts of home help keep me sane. There's no guarantee that I'll survive But either way, I'll serve without shame. Should the cold hands of death reach for me I pray my soul will awake from sleep. To the voice of God assuring me That my spirit, he's chosen to keep. So try to remember while I'm gone That the person I need most is you. I'll fight like hell to stay alive To return home to the love I knew. P.O.W. When you become a P.O.W. You find you've lost your liberty and more The guy with the gun tells you what to do As you yearn for freedoms you had before. Your will to survive helps keep you alive Though sometimes you wish you were dead. Tortures far beyond any normal mind And there's no safety, even in your bed. Bullets, barbwire, searchlights and sharp teeth Keep you in a place you don't wish to be. The food is quite awful and sometimes it moves And you've no choice of what you hear or see. The lucky are released and return home Though in their dreams their fate is unsure. War may be hell, but confinement is worse Cause afterward you're never as you were. GENERAL QUARTERS General quarters, general quarters All hands man your battle station! Sunday morning, December the 7th As war confronted our nation. We soon found out it wasn't a drill But instead it was war for real. As you watch the death of friends and shipmates It's more anger than fear you feel. Japanese warplanes came flying in low As I took aim with my gun sight. From the deck of a ship anchored at Pearl Damaged, though crew still eager to fight. I saw the face of a pilot, who crashed Surrounded by black smoke and fire. Some of my bullets must have found their mark. For his death was but my desire! Two thousand, three hundred and twenty-three killed In a battle less than two hours. With the heart of our Pacific fleet gone Japan had flexed their naval powers. The bombing and strafing of ships and troops Caused our congress to declare full war. Where many a man laid down his life Fighting for flag, country and more. KENNEDY = THE WAR YEARS PT-109 After the attack on Pearl Harbor He applied for sea duty in the war. Where Lieutenant John F. Kennedy Became known for his bravery and more. In the dark hours before dawn On August 2, of 43. Kennedy commanded a torpedo boat Through the blackness of night at sea. PT 109, was on Solomon's patrol With a 12-man crew in a plywood craft. A Japanese destroyer plowed through the night Ramming and cutting Kennedy's boat in half. Two of the crew just disappeared A third was badly burned. Kennedy himself was thrown to the deck Where in pain his leadership he earned. Some of his men had never learned to swim As he gathered them on the bobbing bow. The hours passed tell it seemed it would sink So they made for an island and here's how. He ordered those who could to swim The others were to hang on to a beam. Kennedy grabbed the injured sailor And off they tread through the ocean stream. With his teeth clenched on the burnt man's vest straps Skipper Kennedy swam 3 miles. 5 hours later they all made it Despite their hardships, sharks, and trials. The next problem was how to summon up help Without arousing the enemy all around. After several attempts swimming to other islands Eventually two natives in a canoe were found. Kennedy scratch a note on a coconut To be delivered to a base 38 miles away. The message made it and they were saved And their courage still lives today. WORLD WAR-I FLY-BOYS World War-I gave us the fly-boys Who flew by the seat of their pants. Many would never return from war While others survived by chance. Their planes were mostly canvas and wood Gasoline, bullets, bombs and poison gas. Every pilot carried his own pistol Wearing leathers, scarf and goggles of glass. Aviators had no Parachutes To escape their burning plane. Many were forced to jump to their death Or self inflect a bullet to the brain. Blimps where known as battleships of the sky The roar of their engines gave reason for fear. They flew so high they were hard to shoot down Hiding above clouds till their targets drew near. Tracer bullets for the first time were used In the guns of airplanes to set blimps a fire. The skies became man's highway of death With duty and honor their driving desire. How many Fly-boys have we lost since then Those days of the Great War and more? Where do we get such brave souls of chance Who rise from the rest in the battles of war? THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR In 1860 life was good Till its simpleness ceased one day. The North wished to save the Union While the South chose to break away. America was torn apart As six hundred thousand died. Throughout four years of total war Women without husbands cried. The sad fact of the Civil War Is what was left at its end. Too many times, men's evil acts Destroyed both foe and friend. The problem was, once it began There was no peace or compromise. Total victory must be proclaimed Before rage would leave men's eyes. Destroy all that helps the enemy Was the cry of either side. Anything to obtain victory As death on horseback did ride. Black men dressed in old uniforms Became the Union's reserve. They fought and died for their freedom And their rights they earned and deserve. Lifestyles would forever change For all who survived the war. It had ended as it began With sadness, misery and more. Both sides prayed to the same God And spoke words from the Bible. The prayers of both were not answered For all involved were liable. THE KANSAS FRONTIER Coronado, in his search to find gold for Spain Was the first European on the green Kansas plane. Explorers and traders were arriving from France. They saw the buffalo and the Indians who danced. At the mouth of the Kaw were campfires in the dark Two men by the river named Lewis and Clark. Large numbers of Indians, forced out from the East Resettled to Kansas where the buffalo feast. So, many a cowboy decided to stay It wasn't very long and most Indians were forced away. When Missouri joined the Union; the slave states equaled the free. Which way would Kansas vote, congress was anxious to see? The Heart-Landers were bleeding; their towns were on fire As raiders from the slave states tried to force their desire. The settlement of Lawrence was sacked by a mob In revenge came John Brown, who would murder and rob. Kansas joined the Union as the Civil War began. After four long years of tragedy, many women lost their man. Cattle trails met the railroads as they pushed across the state. Farmers planted corn and wheat as the buffalo awaited their fate. Those frontier days have long since gone, though the sunflower is still here My childhood home of Kansas where the buffalo roam with the deer. BLACK POWDER BRIDGE A courier rider hands his papers to me They are instructions from Robert E. Lee. I am advised now is the time To stop the troop movement on the Rock Island line. I muster my men and they load up the boats We powder our pistols and darken our coats. Traveling the currents, the sun slips from sight As brave men with a purpose have gathered to fight. We capture a bridge before the moonrise The Yankees who are here shall soon feed the flies. The evil of war feeds on my brain As I light the fuse to destroy a train. Above us a trestle of timber and tar As we pull our oars for a willowed sandbar. From the banks of the river; we watch it approach There's shadows of soldiers, in the windows of a coach. With a burst of bright yellow and a roar in my ear I hear them scream as they 're falling in fear. The river is boiling in steam, steel and stems Back home their families shall soon sing funeral hymns. The one lone survivor was a red stallion stud I lassoed his neck, and freed him from the mud. As I ride in his saddle beneath the stars that shine I pray for forgiveness and some peace of mind. War is a lesson we re eager to learn When man has that fever to murder and burn. Lord, please forgive me for what I have done For all those I've silenced were some mother's son. THE FEVER OF FEAR Cannons are bursting hot metal from the ground. Soldiers are looting and burning our town. The fever of fear rushes through my veins As too many Bluecoats jump from troop trains. Smoke from hot barrels is swirling around As four thousand muskets volley their sound. All of my comrades have stopped a lead ball Most cry out, then stumble and fall. Even the young lad who carried our flag Now he lies dead as he clings to that rag. Wagons with the wounded trail blood on the ground Death and destruction are easily found. The Generals are crying 'cause they can't stand defeat But it's always the soldier who dies on his feet. Horse hooves are pounding on a bridge made of boards As the sunlight reflects from the blades of their swords. Quickly I hide out in the roots of a tree Where the dirt has eroded and there's just room for me. After dark I sneak out with the cover of fog Then float down the river, as I cling to a log. Songs of their victory, ring out through the night While from the cold, muddy water, I see their firelight. It makes me remember my old country church Where the preacher spoke God's word from his holy perch. That the seed of all conflict began in a cave When man, like the wild wolf had to prove he was brave. THUNDER IN THE GROUND Cannons are bellowing from a ridge far away The battle lines are forming and there's little time to pray. Musket balls are pelting like hailstones from the sky I'm so full of fear cause I don 't want to die. From beyond yonder hill comes a terrifying sound It's the music of the buglers and there's thunder in the ground. The fast-riding troopers have all drawn out their swords. They 're shouting and screaming as they charge up the gorge. It's hard to believe how many make it through As they're hacking and shooting at the boys dressed in blue. Then come the soldier men who run upon their feet Every time I drop one, my heart skips a beat. There's a storm on the ground made of death, dust and smoke My throat is so dry, I can 't help but choke. The fury of the battle is bound to settle down When most of the fighters lie dead on the ground. After dark, the stretcher-bearers are afraid to search around The wild hogs eat the wounded and I can 't stand the sound. Come dawn, we dig ditches for all the brave, lifeless men Then quote words from our Bible praying heaven lets them in. SLAVERY When you chain the neck of a slave The other end fastens to you. Your heart and soul become corrupt And all which is evil you'll do. No government shall exist for long Who's people are not really free. Though around the world there are those Who stay blind to how life should be. Any who must enslave others Will dwell in their own living hell After death, they'll join their master In that place from heaven he fell. But till then we'll fight and resist Making them put their chains away. And those of us who may die first From heaven shall watch and pray BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER In the course of becoming officers The young men of West Point bonded like brothers. Till roomers of Civil War transformed friend to foe As many cadets chose to serve others. Fifty-five of sixty major battles fought Were lead by graduates of the long gray line. Yankees and Rebels ravaged one another For to kill and plunder were virtues of the time. Over six hundred thousand soldiers were consumed Not counting multitudes of population. Cities, farms and the countryside were laid to waste Before our Union was restored to a nation. THE LITTLEST SOLDIER Nine year old Johnny Clem who stood just four feet tall Ran away from Ohio to answer his country's call. He joined up with the Union and became a drummer boy Soon to prove the gun he wore was far more than a toy. Armed with a sawed-off musket, cut down to just fit him He shot a Rebel horseman who tried to do him in. Awarded his sergeant's stripes and the silver medal His comrades offered him hot coffee from their kettle. The newspapers of the North, gladly published his story Telling of the nine year old who earned his country's glory. THE BATTLE The moon is sky high And perfectly round As it highlights the beauty Of disputed ground. Life is a journey Where the passage is free. After, there's judgment By the living and Thee. Tomorrow's carnage We'll survive if we can. Death and dismemberment By the hand of man. Some will stumble With absence of breath. While others charge Into the face of death. We'll race toward the battle And pray for the best Hoping somehow We pass God's test. BUGLES Their red and blue, ragtag flag stood out Against their dust covered uniforms of gray. Savagely we fought to kill our enemy As the battle raged on in the heat of the day Volley after volley we put forth our blaze With thousands of led balls snapping flesh and bone. Blistering sweat rolled down every face As the tunes of war by bugles were blown. There was a clanking sound of ramrods in barrels As each new minieball was loaded and fired. Some shot aimlessly into the smoke While others took aim at the worn and tired. Bullets were popping like the fourth of July Yet our enemy kept surging ahead. All at once they broke and ran off in groups Scattering as for the forest they fled. From behind the protection of a stacked-stone wall The victorious cheered or just sat starring At all the bodies of friend and foe While for the wounded the surgeons were caring. Soon the war was over and I survived Despite it's brutality on trampled ground. From boy to man I was transformed Though, still in the night I hear its sound. LEAF ON THE WATER America's East Coast was settled by the Brits As the Indians rule began to recede. After many a battle, they lost their land Giving into the white man's power and greed. In years to come like a leaf on the water The Indians were swept away by the white man. As trappers and pioneers pushing westward Brought death and disease to the land. With the white settlements came the fur traders Followed by soldiers, forts, whiskey and form tools. None of which helped the Indians to survive Who chose to wage war, and break the white man's rules. Many treaties were made, just to be broken By those eager for land, timber, furs and gold. Prospectors arrived to plunder the land And to be farmers, the Indians were told. The combat raged on, to the western prairie Over mountains and down through the desert sand. Indians proved to be formidable foe As both sides fought from afar and hand-to-hand. Lieutenant Colonel Custer, led his cavalry In search of fame and tribal disgrace. But instead he and his men were butchered By hostile Indians with paint on their face. Around the campfires of Rosebud and Pine Ridge Singing warriors danced till Sitting Bull's death. Most were forced to surrender at Wounded Knee Where many sad Indian would draw their last breath. With their fighting spirit completely broken And their ancient tribal ways forever gone. Proud Indians were moved to reservations Where their once great history in song lives on. THE HINGE OF HISTORY The hinge of history swings in all directions As the happenings of the past are written down. Out of all that has occurred since man's beginnings Less has been recorded than waits to be found. Babylonians kept chronicles of history Hebrews wrote the past as a dramatic story. Greeks had no faith in the future at all Believing mans repeated errors doom his glory. Christians added a new dimension to history Looking forward to Christ's return to earth. An on going drama involving man and God Believing all are created of equal worth. Some have asked why must we study history It just encourages us to live in the past. When we forget history we repeat its mistakes As the outcome of humanity is cast. THE ALAMO The leaves of the cottonwoods hung motionless As outside the walls Santa Anna's horde closed in. A small band of Texans watched and waited Preoccupied by combat and how life would end. The battle raged from building to building Till the old mission's chapel was the last to fall. Over 180 Texans died fighting to the man Never to yield, surrender or crawl. Six weeks later Sam Houston rallied his forces With "Remember the Alamo" as their battle cry. Attacking and defeating Santa Anna's army To win independence for Texas or die. The Spanish word for "cottonwood" is "Alamo" The long time popular name for the mission. Today the stout-walled old chapel still stands Preserved as a shrine of sacrifice and tradition. GENERAL WASHINGTON AT WAR Once in command, he boxed in the British At Boston where he captured Dorchester Heights Overlooking the Brits at his mercy As his men took aim with their cannon sites. The British commander had but one choice To sail to New York to renew the fight. Where the English had much greater forces Who soon chased Washington's men in full flight. They continued on to Pennsylvania After crossing the Hudson in retreat With the British forces in hot pursuit It looked as though George was doomed to defeat. When winter seemed to have stopped the fighting That's when Washington crossed the Delaware. On that Christmas night he captured Trenton Where Hessians were surprised and unaware. He whipped the British at Princeton Where in victory his men began to sing. Washington then wintered at Morristown Training his troops for the combat of spring. Washington fought bravely at Brandywine And again at a place called Germantown But the British were the victorious ones As the dead of both sides covered the ground Americans were blessed early that spring When the French entered the war on their side. Though most suffered frostbite at Valley Forge With the help of the French they marched in stride. The battles raged on, in the North and South As the King's soldiers laid waste to the land. Washington himself was in great despair Pleading for aid for his weakened command. His prayers were answered by 5000 troops And a French fleet who took Chesapeake Bay. They bottled up Cornwallis at Yorktown Who surrendered to victory drums at play. Yorktown was really the end of the war Though not many quite realized that fact yet. But the British soon grew tired of the fight And the terms for its end were signed and set. Washington yearned to retire at home But his country chose him first president. Cheering crowds waved flags of love and support For they believed that "he," by God, was sent. By Conservative Poet Tom Zart Most Published Poet On The Web TOM ZARTíS RADIO POEMS You can hear all of Tom Zartís 333 poems of love, war, faith and more 24-7 on web radio at http://internetvoicesradio.com/Arch-TomZart.htm Tom Zart ARCHIVES: Global Special Operations 101 http://www.globalspecialoperations.com/tomzart2.html
2009-05-15




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