Tales of Blue and Grey.........


What words could ever be spoken
as two brothers look at each other and wonder
Of such looks there is no understanding
perhaps god as well can blunder

Steam trains roll in and out ....a thousand towns
the smell of coal in the morning sun
As this story ends though so does
a family ....but only when war is done

And back at home a mother and father
will sit silently till the day they die
Neither of them coping well
in silence ......no more wondering why

And as the two brothers stand facing
one raises his hand.... the other smiles
But the trains of war just roll away
across the bitter miles

Both of them putting on thier jackets
both bowing in silence to pray
And as life happens by...... in the trains windows
One puts on the blue .....and one the grey

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another powerful and clever poem.

Thanks for sharing and I vote up.

Here's to many more hubs to share.

Take care


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

i cannot even imagine how this tore parents apart. great job.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

It must be heart wrenching as brothers being on opposite sides of the fence. Very beautifully written as usual.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

You just can't imagine how anyone would cope with this.

Beautifully written.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Very moving. I've often wondered how relatives from opposite sides coped during the Civil War. There were some instances of Blues and Greys helping each other out, clandestinely.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , America is certainly not the only nation to have a divided cause. Can you imagine?....:-} Thank you for sharing.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Storyteller, Thanks , I cannot imagine that happening , and yet , look at our divided society today?......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , I have not been to war but can you imagine this?!......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie master , Thank you for taking time to share! Really......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , No war is ever good and imagine the instances of humanity on both sides ! There was certainly no victor only two losers! Thank you for reading and stopping here!....:-}

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

This poem is haunting, that's the emotion I had when reading this poem. Beautiuflly done.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm told this happened, how sad. Did we learn? I think not. Very poignant. Thank you. You have this talent to bring the past mistakes into light. Well done.

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Love this. Members in my own family were on different sides I think it happened more often then we know.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Violet sun , I too was always haunted more by the tragedy of personal trials than even our national woes .

I have seen and known too many families [and my own]who pay the ultimate price of war. Our medias focus on everything else just morphs all the personal loss into silence. And so ,the old soldier dies in a painful silent solitude , while the rest of us live free and clear of these intensely personal trials . Whether we 'believe' in war or not, we cast a heavy ,heavy burden on a soldiers family. Congress and Senate should be forced to don a uniform on occasion! Thanks Violetsun , for letting me rant but more for understanding!......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Always exploring , A soldier president once said; "I am a soldier so that my son can be a farmer so that his son can be an artist". I think thats how it goes, Ill have to look that up! Thank you for cominng by...:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Moonlake , and Talk about a family that pays a price. You can be so proud of this ! And imagine the personal cost! Thanks for stopping by!......:-}

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