Letters From Valley Forge

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During the cold winter encampment at Valley Forge, Washington rallied the troops. A big Christmas surprise was about to take place. While the  British partied in Trenton, Washington loaded his men in boats and crossed the icy Delaware River in the dead of night for a surprise attack. The victory that took place would continue to be remembered in American History. I can imagine the letters sent home told exciting stories as the New Year came rolling in.

Christmas Victory

Brought troops hope for the New Year

Winter snow still falls

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Stamp Art: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem related to New Years.  As I thought about those freezing cold soldiers camped at Valley Forge, I wondered what they must be thinking as Washington laid out his plan to attack the British in Trenton, NJ. This is my Haibun about that time.

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The Ides of March

 The Ides of March

Ah, yes, “Beware the Ides of March”

Both then and now

Perhaps as it’s always been

March Madness

Driving men to do strange things

Stabbing a trusting Friend

Rex tweeted back to obscurity

NCAA team heads back home to Virginia

Like Confederate Soldiers

Weary and worn /swallowing defeat

Like a cannon ball in the throat

Others cheering victory

Only to join the home-going

The next round

Fans glued to their TV sets

Like a million flies

Trapped in the gooey

Dangling flypaper

The madness swallows them all but one

A climax of euphoria

Well-earned // or well-stolen

It matters not

Trophy tatters of net

Pocketed to remember

Those fifteen minutes of fame

Now with oncoming Spring

Stabbed in the back

By the never dying winter’s snow

March marches on its fateful journey.

It was quoted before

But I’ll quote it again…

“Beware the Ides of March!!”

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