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I have abandoned battle, savored peace
and lost my weapons deep in sacred ground.
I have sought sweet mercy - God's own release
and prayed for his swift justice to abound.
I have walked past the soldiers in the street
and heard their cries run shameless without sound -
the tired, shuffling resonance of feet.
And in the morning's chilled and angry blast,
I recognize the music of retreat
as if I saw the ghosts that knew my past
gathering at the tables for a feast.
Then God allow these thoughts to be my last
for I have hopes my blessings will increase
and the dark  symphony of war will cease.
For the DFC :iconkiwi-damnation: This is a terza rima. It is my tribute to Robert Frost.
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Guilan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
cacophony of war, indeed
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Writer
Your work has been showcased here! [link] :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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TheOrderOfNightmare Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This is some deep stuff...I like it! You are very good at expressing emotions!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
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malikvamp Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Very Coll :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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:iconmalikvamp:
malikvamp Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Cool*
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WaKip Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Writer
The rhymes were a bit rough, but I like it :)
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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:iconcjwilde:
CJWilde Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Writer
This is a beautiful and moving piece. Keep up the good work. :aww:
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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african-artist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great! I love robert frost :)
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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:iconafrican-artist:
african-artist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep :)
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:iconblack-stray-wolf:
black-stray-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its been awhile since I have been able to read your works
And I still never cease to be amazed by what I read.
Please keep writing and your photographs too, they
make my day better each time.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
That is very nice of you to say. Thanks!
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LeoDC2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A Good way to look at the portrayal of war.
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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:iconmariatala:
MariaTala Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I think I have never told you enough how much I just adore your poetry. :heart:
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Writer
That is incredibly nice of you to say. Many thanks!
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icedoll101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Writer
Nice!! This is awesome!! :D
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate that!
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:iconicedoll101:
icedoll101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Writer
Np. :)
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Mordial33 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It DOES sound like Robert Frost. (One of my favorite poems by him is called "October". If you have not heard of it, check it out.) This is an awesome poem! :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks! I am familiar with it - he is an amazing poet.
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Mordial33 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good. And many people think that as well. Me included. (Obviously!) :D
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Whoa! Let me tell you, coming from a master of rhyme himself, I have to admit,
you make for a great rhymester, my friend! It might be a Terza Rima,
but I counted the lines (14) and both end-lines rhyme (like Terza Rima's do).
It's like a Terza Rima Sonnet! I love this and you do such a fine job, always.

I would like to sometime Feature this in the Group.



Siryan
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks. i just wish I had finished the challenge. I never got to some of them. The holidays sort of collided with the project.
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
That's a bummer you couldn't finish the challenge,
but when you say challenge, was this supposed to be
a contest or, a self-challenge for yourself?

Either way, it's good practice and came out great!
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peterdawes Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
robert frost... arguably one of my favorite poets. this is a very fitting tribute. well done.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks, my friend - and Happy 2012.
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peterdawes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Writer
much the same to you! :thanks:
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blossomingstarlight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I'm not always too fond of rhyme schemes because some poets tend to blindly snatch words out of a rhyming dictionary, but your use of rhyme here is stunning- each line has a purpose and that purpose isn't just to 'keep up the rhyme scheme'. Good work :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Writer
That is why rhyme is so hard to do well...and why I often employ "off-rhyme". Thanks - I am glad you liked it.
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00niesje00 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful... just beautiful <3
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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00niesje00 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
^^ ur welcome, u too !<3
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sayraparker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was captivated while reading. I could picture it in my mind. Amazing.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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Oceanriver Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
this is amazing!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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Oceanriver Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
your welcome! happy 2012 to you too!
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TheMagicianLord Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful work! The words flow really well, and I enjoyed reading it!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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TheMagicianLord Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Writer
Happy new year to you too! ^^
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PlumNutz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist
This was felt.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Many thanks! That is very appreciated!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superbly written dearest Brendan! :hug:
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