Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

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Walked three miles
To see Baskin Falls
All alone.


The photo is mine, of Baskin Falls in the Smoky Mountains.


* The haiku I write are lines of 3-5-3 syllables instead of 5-7-5.

See Haiku article here for explanation, if needed: https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/haiku/

© Dennis Allen Lange, 2020.


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Atlanta lost, like some prized wedding ring
Whose bride can ne’er recover from the sting,
Hood’s Rebel army marched to Tennessee
To search the western vales for victory.

And on the trek, Pat Cleburne saw a place
So beautiful a smile came on his face –
A church and cemetery, and Pat swore,
“Why, this is almost worth one’s dying for!”

Just two weeks later, it became his bed
For he, at Franklin, was among the dead.
And though he laid there, blind to e’en the stars,
The nations foolishly keep fighting wars.


The picture is mine of a mural of General Pat Cleburne
that is on a wall of a building in downtown Cleburne, Texas.


Cleburne was at first buried elsewhere, but someone
remembering his words urged that he be buried at that
site.  He was, but was later buried in his “hometown” of
Helena, Arkansas.


© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.

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English: Title: Snail Darter Controversy Alter...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)



       Let’s Act Like Men

Can we have some common sense,
   Instead of the extreme?
I’d fight to save an elephant,
   But darter in a stream? 

A minnow or a little fish
   That no one ever knew –
Beside a massive elephant
   In Africa or zoo? 

There’s really no comparison;
   Why was there such a stew?
It held up helpful Tellico
   And all the good it’d do. 

Who’s first, we humans or a fish?
   (A fish that’s still obscure).
We have fish reg’lar on our plates –
   No kinsmen, I assure. 

Endangered species come and go
   Survival of the fit;
Why act as if it ne’er occurs,
   And pull such awful phit?  

It’s not your brother or your aunt;
   A fish is just a fish.
The world won’t come to Tennessee
   To see a darter splish. 

So next time darters dam a dam
    Let’s have some common sense:
The ones who make the awful stink
   Should act in their defense 

By shouldering the burden, cost,
   Instead of common man,
Pack up the darters to your homes
   And save in tank or can.


© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2013.

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