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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: July 3, 2016      Views: 495
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I am recently retired and reside in the most beautiful area of Virginia--the Shenandoah Valley. I find beauty and inspiration in the mountains every day--it is one of my most faithful muses.

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Chapter 36 of the book 2016
Potlatch, 2 July 2016: Sonnetina Suite
"On Desert Sands" by mountainwriter49
On Desert Sands
Sonnetina Suite

The Battle of the Somme was years ago
when thousands died for liberty’s bright glow
on foreign soil where precious blood was strown.
        But valor’s sacrifice did win the day
        assuring that democracy would stay.
Another time, another place our men
defended our most precious rights again
upon the Norman shores for freedom’s ken.
        Oh, horrid, was the beast that was thus slain,
        but yet our heroes did not die in vain.
We now fight foreign wars without a plan
to win the peace and bring home every man.
How much blood has been spilled on desert sands?
        I am distraught and think of Owen's best
        poetics--"Dulce e Decorum Est."

2 July 2016


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Poetic Form: Sonnetino. This poetic form was created by FanStorian Jyoti (Lighting). It is a five line poem comprised of a tercet and couplet with a rhyme pattern of aaa bb. It is written in iambic pentameter. The tercet presents a scene or conflict. The closing couplet offers resolution (with an optional turn).


Battle of the Somme: A major battle In France during WWI where more than one million soldiers perished in trench warfare. 19,240 British troops died in the first day of battle. The battle lasted from1 July -- 18 November 1916.

Desert Sands: Refers to Iraq, Afghanistan and ISIS.

Norman Shores: Refers to the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France by the Allies on 6 June 1944.

Owen = Winfred Owen, the poet of the classic poem about WWI and published in 1920, "Dulce e Decorum Est." Readers are encouraged to read this somber poem in order to gain a full understanding of and appreciation for the term dulce e decorum est pro patria mori

Strown: archaic form of strewn.

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