Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bunchie's Time Machine: 1886

I decided to test my Time Machine


I set the control with just a few clicks
And transported myself back to 1886



I saw my great, great, great grandfather Logan


Living and breathing from head to toe
And heard firsthand his historic tale of woe



He started life as a farmer


But found the grind a terrible bore
So he joined the army, hoping for a war



As his “luck” would have it,


He didn’t have very long to wait
Because soon began The War Between The States



He jumped to the Confederate side


Virginia’s honor he had to save
Although he’d never owned a single slave



They made him an officer


And he looked dashing in dress gray
For him Bull Run was a very successful day



He was promoted to Captain


And the future looked very bright
But there were many bloody battles to fight



As the war raged on


The carnage grew more brutal in kind
He witnessed horrors that boggled his mind



He got lost in the woods near Stone Mountain


Separated from his unit, he wandered for days
In the wilds of Georgia, everything was a haze



Enemy soldiers eventually found him


He surrendered starving and filthy as a pig
Imprisoned for the rest of the war in a Union brig



Back home, his family was very worried


No word from him for over a year
Understandably, they had the worst kind of fear



After Appomattox, he was eventually released


And made his way home to the Virginia farm
Older and wiser, but safe from harm



The family rushed out to greet him


With joyful cheers and cries
They could hardly believe their eyes



So Logan again took up the plow


And he rarely felt bored or sad
Compared to war, farming wasn’t so bad



I returned to 2010, where I often wonder






Do we really know what we are doing?
Because it seems like another Civil War is brewing...