Saturday, December 15, 2012

Little Boy Blue

Doll created by Austin Cassie
Photography ~ Margaret Bednar


soldier boy
too young for this fight
north fighting south
brother against brother
no place for a boy 

soldier boy
waiting for a train
transport to hell
orders to kill
or be killed

soldier boy
your mama and daddy
need you more
than General Lee




20 comments:

  1. When will we learn
    that violence
    does not end violence,
    but simply encourages
    violence to
    continue.

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  2. Brilliant. This has overtones of other wars, still going on today. A strong, clever statement.

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  3. I love your interpretation of this doll as the soldier boy, too young for war.

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  4. Great take on the doll - I hadn't thought of the doll as a soldier boy. Love how the same doll can make us think in different ways.

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  5. This doll is sitting on a box used by his dad or grandfather in WWII perhaps? This hear the anguish in this poem, the catch in the voice as it is read..,

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    1. ... a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. A boy, in his early to mid-teens.

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    2. I understood the poem and think it is lovely. I do know the box is authentic from a war but I can't remember which. Perhaps it is the Civil War I will have to check. But I think WWII or WWII.

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  6. ah war such a terrible waste...yes, he does look like a soldier doll!

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  7. A horrible war, brother against brother, but perhaps no more horrible than neighbor against neighbor. No matter which, it is heartbreaking when boys are soldiers before they are men, and die before they have lived.
    K

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  8. True words, Helen--you nailed the undercurrents of that sewed-sad face.

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  9. we just did the civil war in history...scary to think of the little ones that fought in that war...it is significant as well in that we fought against each other...neighbors...i wonder would it ever come to that again...

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  10. This is lovely Helen ~ You have captured the spirit of the time ~

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  11. This is so sad:
    "waiting for a train
    transport to hell"

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  12. I love the deep topic you found in this doll. I hate how we send children of eighteen and nineteen to war. They carry the wounds ever after.

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  13. And that's the way of it, for sure.

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  14. I love how you captured this doll's thoughts!
    so many truths in this poem :D

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  15. What sad lessons in this...wonderful write!

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