Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,245 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

The Question Of Someone In Blue - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

I held an antique bayonet and wavered
At its feel.
Mute death caressed my palms; seduction lay
In its black steel.
Pock marks upon its blade from rust, marked years
Upon the ground.
Its scabbard gone, in naked silence, truth
Annealed, lay bound.
In evil sometimes beauty lies, as war
Contains much pride.
I held this implement of slaughter when,
From deep inside,
A kindle of some ancient call from life's
Inaugurate day;
A primal flash of sensory, charged thrill,
Of war's melee.
That irreligious charm, that Tophet knife,
Contained a spell.
Not one redeeming feature, still, some men
Are drawn to hell.
Within its forge there was some grace, its line,
Its upward curve,
I think the fascination was the function
It did serve.
We wondered who the person was who clipped
It to his gun.
We wondered if he fell before his battle-
Charge was run.
Or, had he fired his one last shot then used
It as a lance,
To slash a breach into their ranks to stop
The South's advance.
Or did he die on some rampart against
Opposing force?
We wondered if his single death had changed
The Nation's course.
A maze of speculation filled that room,
Of how or who.
But, all we can acclaim; it issued to
Someone in blue,
Since time obscured his name.

Topic(s) of this poem: war

Form: Iambic Pentameter


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A Civil War sword filled me with wonder.

Comments about The Question Of Someone In Blue by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (10/29/2017 9:25:00 PM)


    nice. but of course i have MORE to say. ha ha.


    “In evil sometimes beauty lies, as war
    Contains much pride.” …………..well, I don’t think I’d use “beauty”, but I guess I understand.

    Favorite lines so far [the ones just before these were exceptional as well]:

    “Or, had he fired his one last shot then used
    It as a lance,
    To slash a breach into their ranks to stop
    The South's advance.”

    “We wondered if his single death had changed
    The Nation's course.
    A maze of speculation filled that room,
    Of how or who.
    But, all we can acclaim; it issued to
    Someone in blue,
    Since time obscured his name.” ………………….
    …………………assuming the American Civil War is the topic, it would seem to me that the death of the bayonet’s owner had not changed the “course”, as the ‘blues’ won. Right! ? [I’m assuming “Nation” refers to the Union {the ‘un-United States in those days}, not the Confederacy.]

    And maybe he didn’t die in that battle, or that war, or any war. Maybe he deserted and fled to Canada! ! And THERE he may have changed the course of a country!


    Oh! And do you ‘want’ “was” added in front of “issued”. I want it! So there! ! ! !

    Bri :)
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 29, 2016



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