The Alamo Remembered

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By: Wayne Brown

 

They’re comin! They’re comin! The dust is on the wind

Comin’ from the south to move men who will not bend

Over 1500 Mexican federales moving forward very slow

Santa Ana’s Army moving north; coming to the Alamo

 

 

Bowie and Travis inspired their small force of men

Travis calls for courage and draws a line in the sand

Any man here can make his choice, but all are free to go

Travis and Bowie choose to stand and fight at the Alamo

 

 

The Texians come here from throughout this new land

To answer the western call of a pioneering band

Texas is the place the settlers are all wanting to go

But there’s a fight brewing at the mission of the Alamo

 

 

It was February 23, 1836 when Santa Ana made the charge

For twelve days the fighting ensued, Santa Ana looming large

Two waves of attacks were repulsed and a third was ready to go

Santa Ana made his final charge on the Texians of the Alamo

 

 

Mexican federales scaled the walls; the fighting was hand to hand

Outnumbered eight to one, the Texians fought to the very last man

Travis was wounded by shotgun blast and was among the first to go

As Santa Ana made his final charge on the Texians of the Alamo

 

 

Bowie had fallen sick and was too weak to fight on the walls

His death came fending off federales with Bowie Knife and pistols

Davy Crockett fell in the fighting for a land he did not yet know

Texians were dead and dying as Santa Ana overran the Alamo

 

 

By the 5th of March, the fight was over; Santa Ana had won the day

The Texian government was in defeat, but Sam Houston resolved to stay

Federales had won this fight and reclaimed the land for Mexico

But Texians screamed ‘Never Give Up’ and ‘Remember the Alamo'

 

 

Santa Ana and his force won the battle but eventually lost the war

He under estimated the Texian courage and what they were fighting for

From that day forward wherever the forces or the battlefield would go

The Texians could be heard shouting aloud, “Remember the Alamo”

 

 

Mexico finally acceded to the demands of the Texian pioneers

Pulling back south of the Rio Grande saying Texas is yours

Texas won its freedom and in the history we all still know

The day was won in blood shed by those fighting at the Alamo

 

 

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I loved this Wayne. I remembered the Alamo in school when year after year I studied its importance. Up and awesome.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Today we have folks demanding the land back, saying that we stole it. We did not steal it - we won it fair and square!

Anyway, this is a great little creative jaunt.

Well done my friend.

- Harlan


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Is anyone calling for Mexico to give their land back to the Aztecs?

I'm just asking...


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Wayne,

A brilliant hub !I really enjoyed this one complete with a great video clip of Marty Robinns's great voice and pictures.

I push all the buttons here and rated up.

I hadn't heard him singing for years.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

A great poem Wayne, i remember the movie when those type were in vogue. Modern western style movies seem so staged these days. It was a big part of your history, but well known in the UK too back when i was a kid. Cheers buddy.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Thanks,Poppy...we are sort of partial to it down here in Texas ourselves! WB

@Harlan Colt...In this day and time, I fully expect that Obama would offer it back to them as a good-will gesture toward our good friend and neighbor. Never doubt, there would be another fight and it might just be somewhere near the old Alamo. Thanks, Harlan! WB

@WillStarr...Don't be giving Obama ideas, Will. Next thing you know that will be his new solution to the immigration problem. WB

@Eiddwen...Thank you! Marty Robbins was quite the story-teller himself and a perfect one to enhance this verse. WB

@AttemptedHumor...Yes, it was back when history in America meant something. Back before our leaders became socialist/marxist/communist who thought that the real history of America was too harsh for the young ones to hear...so they changed it! Thanks much! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

You are quite the Texian! Have you heard: YOU MIGHT GIVE SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT TO THANKING YOUR LUCKY STARS YOU'RE IN TEXAS? I think one of our local BBQ places trademarked it. Ha! What patriotism those brave men dsiplayed! I have some Crockett and Bowie fanatics in my class. I'll share your poem with them.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So fun to read WB! I love history and so many of your poems are great stories and poems!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Thank you for the great poetic history lesson, Wayne. I still remember the impact that the movie about the Alamo had on me. Powerful stuff.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...No, I have not heard that song but it sounds like one I would like. Can I find it on YouTube? Thanks for the good workds! WB

@RealHousewife...That's what happens when a poet has a feeble mind...he writes about history and love! LOL! WB

@drbj...It's one of those subjects that gets your patriotic juices flowing! Thanks much! WB


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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I remember the history of the Alamo. How wonderfully poetic that you put it into words that all can understand. Beautiful absolutely beautiful.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Great Hub. You might enjoy, "The Eagle and the Raven", James A. Michener.


Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

OMG- When I was reading this the first thought was the Marty Robbins song and to my surprise as I scrolled down there it was. Good job my friend, and great choice of song. LOVED IT!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@AEvans...Thanks much for the read, AE...Texans never forget the Alamo very long! LOL! Thanks for those good words! WB

@mckbirdbks...You know, I think I may have read that book but it has been so many years that it is lost in the history of titles that I have read. I wonder if it is still in print? WB

@Lady_Tenaz...Marty Robbins was one of the best singing storytellers...My favorite is "Strawberry Roan". I thought he would go well with this one. Thanks much! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I think the Thank Your Lucky Stars / Texas is just a slogan on t-shirts, bumper stickers, BBQ sauce, etc. Similar to: I Wasn't Born In Texas But I Got Here As Quick As I Could. I found a musical Thank Your Lucky Star (no inclusion of Texas) from 1943. Quite a cast - Bette Davis, Eddie Cantor, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6UQ4cSPYHE

And then several different songs/different words. It is a great line -- meaning grateful!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sally - I want to live in Texas again!! I will get there as soon as I can!

WB - if these are the signs of a feeble mind I'll take one!


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No_Clue 5 years ago

Powerful piece relating a powerful tale! Splendid write, Mr B!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...How about something that I can just hum??? LOL! I did get here as fast as I could and the RH would be advised to do the same! LOL! WB

@RealHousewife...My head is spinning from writing political commentary all week. Glad to have that out of my system a bit. Don't like being angry. Pretty good fishing this week though...there are still those out there wanting to defend Obama! Go figure! You want us to save you a house???LOL! WB

@No_Clue...Thanks so much for those good words. It was an inspiration that just showed up so I wrote! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well WB - I went down to the homeless camp in St. Lou - it's called "Hopeville" (go figure) and the people started chasing me and screaming at me "No Pictures"! I ran and dove into the truck and told Dave, "go go go!" as they approached. I got several pix before they caught me!

I might have to pitch a tent down there if the economy doesn't pick up! Apparently I won't be welcome there so I do need you to save a house for me!

I wasnt born here and I don't remember much about Nebraska - where I was born. I love Texas the very best of every state I've been to. The accents, the hospitality, the men are taught to be respectful to women and I love the weather and the fine cooking. People are much nicer there than here. If you go to St. Louis - don't look at anyone in the eyes. No eye contact. Very weird.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Texans are very proud of their state! So proud that they (and California) are the only ones that teach their state's history for 2 years (in public schools). Of course we have a few things to be ashamed of -- big hair, the Dallas TV show, and more recently - Pole Dancing for Jesus!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...Wooo, that's the best tale I have heard since I watched that squint-eyed kid pick that banjo on the front porch in the movie "Deliverance"...maybe lookin' in the eye has something to do with that! LOL! You'll probably end up back in Texas because (I don't think) the economy is going to get well very soon. Everyone is waiting on Obama to leave. So pack up and come on down...even our homeless folks are friendly! WB

@Truckstop Sally...Oh boy, Pole Dancing for Jesus...that reminds me of something ol' Brother Dave Gardner use to say, "What are all them preachers gonna do when the devil is saved?" Think about it, beloved...it has implications! LOL! WB


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Wayne, I think I will bookmark this one, and when my 10-year old twins begin to study this portion of our US History.....I will read this to them...I think it is fantastic.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I know which banjo picker your talking about! That was some movie! Freaky and scary - yep that's like downtown at night. I feel sorry for tourists who think it's safe to stay there. I wouldn't go out of my hotel after lights out. It is beautiful during the day while the creatures of the night are sleeping. They come out at night and operate under the cover of darkness. It really is that scary!

I never felt that way in TX! People want you to know they'll look out for you there. It really is true. I do not think I met one unlikable person who lived there. No where else is like it and I've been to all the states except 10! I envy y'all:)!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...Be my guest, I'd feel mighty honored if you would do that. It may be as famous as I'll ever be as a writer so I would not want to miss the chance! LOL! Thanks much. WB

@RealHousewife...There's a two-story for sale right next door and we need a good neighbor so come on down! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh you know I so wish! I think Dave and I may honestly retire there. My best friend wants to move back there too. (we are both smart!) but all of us are married to this state until we retire. We live off the land you could say. I do research reports in the real estate industry from court houses and computers. I don't even know how Texas records are recorded so I find it strange that I don't like it here but have made it impossible to leave!

Maybe I'll buy the house anyhow and live in it if I get to ever retire:)!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...They must be recorded in a similar way here because when we did the oil and gas drilling in the neighborhood, we had these "land men" come through and research all our deeds for mineral rights liens. That is a common practice in the oil and gas business and it is very lucrative in times of exploration and drilling. WB


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

nice war poem


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@chisom emmanuel...Thanks much, I appreciate the comment! WB


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I like the poem.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@dahoglund...Thanks much, DA...I tried to capture the essence of the battle...hope I came close. WB


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

For what is the Alamo remembered? A great victory? No, it was a defeat, but a rallying cry to fight on.

What alternatives were there to fighting? What is wrong in growing corn rather than cotton? Slavery would have ended in Texas, thus avoiding the Civil War of the U.S. Was it Bowie who was the slave trader or Crocket? Fighting breeds more fighting.

What would Jesus have taught at the Alamo? Love your enemies, love one another. Just before He was taken, Jesus said, "Peter, sheath your sword." Should we follow Travis or Jesus?


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@Jay C. OBrien...I am pretty sure the men who died at the Alamo followed Jesus in that they gave their lives for what they believed. Fighting for liberty from opression is something that all men of all colors can and have done throughout history to find the freedoms for which they yearned in their hearts. Remembering the Alamo is the ember that kept the fire of freedom burning for many Texians who continued to resist the chains of Mexican governance and earned their freedom through the only method available to them---bloodshed. Jesus knew Peter's sword would make no difference nor would it change the coming fate. Such was not the case at the Alamo. ~ WB


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

Thank you for your comment, but perhaps you missed the point: Jesus would Not have fought.

I understand that your reasoning pattern is the generally accepted one, however I offer a better pattern of reasoning. No sacrifice removes sin. Sin is in the mind and can only be removed with the forgiveness of sin, Not sacrifice. The "Sin" at the Alamo was a negative emotion (fear, arrogance, hatred, megalomania).

What alternatives were there to fighting?


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@Jay C OBrien...You''ll have to ask the Mexicans that one.


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

Would you have followed Travis or Jesus?


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@Jay C OBrien....I never said that I would follow either nor was that the purpose of the poem to raise such a question. Your premise can be applied to every situation in our history and your assumption as to what Jesus would decide can be established as well but the reality of history is that peoplel did what they had to do at that moment in time--no one stepped up and offered, "Would you follow Jesus out the front door of the Alamo and surrender to the Santa Ana?" If you are looking for confessions, you need pursue another venue. ~ WB


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

What alternatives were there to fighting? Here are a few ideas.

During the Civil War a man named Vernon chose not to fight but to go to Austin and record and publish the law. This was known as "Vernon's Annotated Civil Statutes." It was nicknamed, "The Black Stats." After many years it was taken over by West Publishing.

Also during the Civil War a man in New Iberia, La. chose not to engage in war but started a bank. That bank still exists today, "The New Iberia Bank."

The Texicans could have changed their crops to corn as requested. Instead the Texicans insisted on cotton and slave labor. The Texans fought at the Alamo (and in the Civil War) to promote slavery. Bowie was a slave trader. Slavery was illegal in Mexico. The Texans could have chosen the alternative to give up slavery.

Other alternatives could have been constructing roads, bridges and infrastructure. The Texas could have moved out of the slave free area to practice their slavery.

In summary, there were many alternatives to killing people. Why did you write the poem?


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

As a result of this discussion I have written a Hub entitled, "What do we know about the Alamo." I invite your comments.


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@Jay C OBrien...Ah yes, they could have still been cooking those "corn tortillas" and folks in Oklahoma could be guarding the southern border but that's not the way it went down. As for my reason for writing the poem, it is the same reason that I write any poem--I found inspiration in the subject. ~WB

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