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A Yankee's Loss
by Tom Brosman

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rated "G" by the Author.
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If you have ever loved one person, deeply, forever, whether you knew them for a day or decades, you will understand this poem.

A Yankee's Loss
By Tom Brosman

It was the mighty blue clad Northern Army

That defeated those in gray from Southern Soil

But a Yankee from North of the Columbia River

Lost his heart and his soul to a Carolina Girl


Never in that Yankee's past or all his future life

Would he love so passionately and so deeply

His heart was sliced when he lost his Southern Wife

His Dear One, his sweetheart  from the Carolinas


Now, the flowers and the trees are more brilliant

As the Yankee lives his life in loss and pain

He wears the loss of her like a heavy winter coat

Knowing he'll never see his Darling Girl again


She was a gift from all that is fine and that is Light

Feminine, beautiful, gorgeous from the Carolinas

Her memories still affects his daily walk and life

His heart is gratitude for the moments they shared


Once a Southern Girl bathed light into a Yankee soul

She was his everything and she was his life's reason

It was his own brokenness that caused him such a loss

She depended on him and he surely let her down


In the deepest parts of the darkest, darkest nights

In his best dreams he still holds her dear and close

He can smell her hair and hear her voice so bright

His Darling, Darling, the one he will love the most


The Yankee often,  with his head bowed low

In a forest far away from city sounds and noise

Thanks and thanks again the Great Creator so

That once he married a girl from the Carolinas












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Reviewed by Ingeborg von Finsterwalde 12/12/2013
A legacy of love, written words that will forever grace the paper that holds these precious words. Beautiful…

Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 11/25/2013
Tom, this is very beautiful, starting for me with the contrast of flowers and trees more brilliant, but the man's life is lived in pain and loss. "She was a gift from all that is fine..." What a graceful way to word her value to this man. Even more stunning are these words: "Her memories still affect his daily walk...." This poem makes me want to know what her hair does smell like; and only when I read this again did I catch the last line's delivery of "married." Effective poem, Tom. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/25/2013
He didn't know that once you take a girl from the warm South to the cold North she will wilt and wither away. Or, so they say.


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