Beanery Online Literary Magazine

July 4, 2011

Red, White and Blue Dreams

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

RED, WHITE AND BLUE DREAMS

Diana Reh Hunt

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Red, white and blue dreams

born in sandbox games,

rocked to stars ‘n stripes lullabies

in cradles of freedoms to come.

Young hopes fly high on tire swings

when the dreamers’ smiles outshine the sun.

 

Red, white and blue dreams

come from family farm to city slum;

colors blend…

“that” the training will fix,

for the time being, anything is “mox-nix”.

 

Red, white and blue promises

sure don’t measure up when you lose your soul to the dreams

and all those buddies in jungle steam and government schemes

who cover missing bodies and leave souls in tatters;

twisting stories in all that matters.

Tents become chapels lined with bloody flags,

chaplains cry, “Hell!”
yanking off their own dog tags.

Hurry up and wait in desert heat

while life runs dry with each heartbeat.

Infidel smiles and loses his head

while the “faithful” laugh as they scorn the dead.

 

From land, air, sky and sea,

come the dreamers,

each a hero in his or her own to be.

 

Purple Hearts and broken kings,

these are things that sacrifice brings;

but they mean nothing in the end

while torn minds and lives can’t mend.

Young hopes still fly high on tire swings

and red, white and blue dreams are born in sandbox games,

for these are things not even truth can tame.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

To read more of Diana’s writing, click on:
https://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/category/wrbw-diana/

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3 Comments »

  1. The following comments are from the Ligonier Living site, where this poem is also posted:*

    Dmitri
    Thanks for posting this Diane. I heard Diana read this at mellow mike. Diana has a remarkable imagination and ability to combine words! This poem with what I see as the reality of patriotism, country, war and sacrifice is also remarkable. Diana, I think this really deserves a wider audience.

    Diane Cipa
    I agree, Dmitri. She speaks softly but her words are so powerful. I will never forget the night she brought the animal skull on a wooden post and read her poem for her deceased friend. Such a kind soul and such a lovely poet.

    *http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2011/06/poem-by-diana-reh-hunt.html#idc-container

    Comment by beanerywriters — July 4, 2011 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  2. The following comments are from the Ligonier Living site, where this poem is also posted:*

    Butch
    Wow, this lady has a way with words, it is a very moving poem !!!
    Does she publish anywhere?
    Diane Cipa:
    Diana often reads at Mellow Mike. I’ll have to ask her what has been published. 😉

    *http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2011/06/poem-by-diana-reh-hunt.html#idc-container

    Comment by beanerywriters — July 4, 2011 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  3. The following comment is from the Ligonier Living site, where this poem is also posted:*

    Cook
    Very nice piece. For me, It ripped the mask from Uncle Sam and revealed something between Dali’s – Visage of War and Picasso’s – Guernica.
    Bravo.

    *http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2011/06/poem-by-diana-reh-hunt.html#idc-container

    Comment by beanerywriters — July 4, 2011 @ 5:51 pm | Reply


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