John F. McCullagh

Gold Star - 4,636 Points (09/28/1954 / Flushing)

Man Of Sorrows - Poem by John F. McCullagh

A Lover, cloaked in sorrow,
knelt beside his woman’s stone.
His Ann was only twenty two
when Heaven called her home.

Their love affair was secret
to all but her closest kin.
She had been pledged to marry
one of their long absent friends.

Those were dark days in New Salem.
Typhoid claimed her life.
Lincoln thought to end his own-
perhaps with rope or knife.

In those days friends feared for his life
So dark his mood became.
Some thought him suicidal
whom dark depression claimed.

A figure cloaked in sorrow,
deprived of a life with Ann.
Embraced his life of martyrdom
when the moment met the man.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ann Rutledge, Lincoln's rumored first love, died of typhoid fever in New Salem, Illinois in 1835

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  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (6/22/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    Excellent write
    of words that ink just right.
    Loved it ´....iip
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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