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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: March 12, 2019      Views: 46

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PETERRHW 
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An American civil war story
"Flight to Freedom" by PeterRHW

The Vicksburg siege was long and slow
Too many men had died.
Grant could not break the Rebel lines
So many times he'd tried.

A slave named Abraham worked there
One of a gang of eight,
On Rebel fort, he guessed not what
Was soon to be his fate.

For 'neath the fort a sap was dug
A mine set underground.
The slaves worked on quite unaware
The fuse was burning down.

Off went the charge, up went the fort.
There seven men would die,
But Abraham alone survived,
Blown up into the sky.

Some soldiers of the Union
Could scarce conceal their mirth
When there, before their very eyes,
Old Abe returned to earth.

A little bruised, they brushed him down
And asked him with a smile,
"How high up do you think you went?"
Abe answered, "'bout three mile."

Abe joined the army, now a cook
He feeds those boys in blue,
Who laugh and ask him of the day
When he to freedom flew.


RHYMING STORY POEM writing prompt entry

Writing Prompt
***Compose a RHYMING POEM using quatrains (4 line stanzas). A MINIMUM of 2 stanzas (8 lines) is REQUIRED. The MAXIMUM length is 10 stanzas (40 lines).***[Near rhymes acceptable, but use no more than 2].***

***The poem MUST fit the War & History category AND tell a story. No alien battles or make-believe wars (like children playing "War" ).
***The poem MUST contain an identifiable rhyme scheme which is author's choice.
***ONE picture with NO words on it may be used, IF desired. The title, dedication, and words of the poem MAY be of different colors, IF desired. However, the overall font color of the BODY of the poem MUST be of one color--no random colors on certain words. The TITLE and DEDICATION may be included in the body of the poem, IF desired.
***NO music, videos, memes, or moving pictures will be allowed. Author Notes are acceptable.
***A minimum of 5 entries required before voting booth opens.

Author Notes
During the civil war siege of Vicksburg, Grants Union army, unable to penetrate the Confederate fortifications tunnelled under forts, two of which they blew up. With one blast, a negro slave, known only as Abraham, was blown clear into the Union lines. Reports vary as to his injuries but it is known he stayed with the army where he became a cook.
This poem originates from online accounts of the event. I would be interested to hear any historical corrections.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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