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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: A local poet's 'Call to Arms'

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  • To the editor:
    Below is a poem I wrote, called "Call to Arms."
    Soldier ready now
    as then
    when some gave all to answer the call
    of McNamara's folly
    leaving a country with wounds not healed
    and names on a wall
    that bring little comfort
    to those still left confused
    by honor withheld and glory denied
    to unwanted heroes who fought
    the mistaken war
    Soldier betrayed now
    as then
    when the brightest and best at last confessed
    in arrogant apology
    it was all for nothing
    forever names on a wall
    for nothing
    the solider is ready now
    as then
    to answer the call.
    Margaret Sampson
    Leavenworth

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