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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Chilli
« Last post by elise on November 16, 2019, 05:43 PM »
This made me laugh out loud!  One has to wonder about what mystery meat might be in chili!  Cat food!!!  Well done!
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: The Breakers
« Last post by elise on November 16, 2019, 05:32 PM »
Oh my!  I was completely captivated!   Just lovely.  I'm a sucker for rhyme...So good to have you here with us!
"Did you feel the kelp caress you....".  Such vivid imagery!    For the life of me I could find no issues! Well done!
Today - Morning, Noon, and Night - across the miles and timezones / Re: Today
« Last post by daisyxo on November 16, 2019, 02:54 PM »
I love reading iambic, but my mind has a block on where to place some of the stresses on syllables.  One of these days it will click.  Looking forward to reading some of your work.
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: ForMy Jane
« Last post by Spurs And Stetson on November 16, 2019, 06:38 AM »
I really like the structure and modification.
The transition between the lines within the stanzas is well done.

Best use of word arrangement:

"In my life, my
thoughts, my really me.
Damn this special whatever!
You sneaky you! You REAL!!!"
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Chilli
« Last post by Spurs And Stetson on November 16, 2019, 06:32 AM »
Perhaps add some fried green tomatoes to that delicious chili...
"Secret's in the sauce."
-Idgie Threadgoode
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / The Breakers
« Last post by Spurs And Stetson on November 16, 2019, 06:25 AM »
I'm channeling Iambic for some reason. I'm mostly prose and hybrid stuff.

This isn't quite right for several reasons.
I would greatly appreciate your observations.

The Breakers

Crash the waves against the breakers
Silent siren sang to me
Walk the plank down from the starboard
She’s was just below the sea

Should I have looked out towards the lighthouse
A Seventh Wonder of the World
Built on top the Pharos Island
Staircase ‘round the tower swirled

Did you feel the kelp caress you
The siren’s flowing lovely hair
Will they become the ties that bind you
To the underwater lair?

Were you safe bound to the ship mast
Whispers carried on the wind
The ships’ crew freed as you asked
From their willingness to bend

Had I but to listen to the chorus
As I passed beyond the reach
Nothing would be left for us
But sirens on the beach…

-Christopher Todd Dallas
November 14, 2019
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 16, 2019, 01:43 AM »

« Reply #1235 on: July 10, 2011, 03:20 PM »

A few posts back I put up some educational links about a spy network working for the Union known as The Black Dispatches. I noticed those links are no longer working. so as not to loose the information I'm going to do a series on these who these people were, what they did and how they did it.
The South's inability to grant the slave a human status with regard to intelligence and a desire to be free proved to be a major mistake.
Robert E. Lee said it best...
"The chief source of information to the enemy," Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, said in May 1863, "is through our negroes."

These unsung Civil War heroes were often successful, to the chagrin of Confederate leaders who never thought their disregard for blacks living among them would become a major tactical weakness.

Harriet Tubman

When it comes to the Civil War and the fight to end slavery, Harriet Tubman is an icon. She was not only a conductor of the Underground Railroad, but also a spy for the Union.

In 1860, she took her last trip on the Underground Railroad, bringing friends and family to freedom safely. After the trip, Tubman decided to contribute to the war effort by caring for and feeding the many slaves who had the fled the Union-controlled areas.

A year later, the Union Army asked Tubman to gather a network of spies among the black men in the area. Tubman also was tasked with leading expeditions to gather intelligence. She reported her information to a Union officer commanding the Second South Carolina Volunteers, a black unit involved in guerrilla warfare activities.

After learning of Tubman's capability as a spy, Gen. David Hunter, commander of all Union forces in the area, requested that Tubman personally guide a raiding party up the Combahee River in South Carolina. Tubman was well prepared for the raid because she had key information about Confederate positions along the shore and had discovered where they placed torpedoes (barrels filled with gunpowder) in the water. On the morning of June 1, 1863, Tubman led Col. James Montgomery and his men in the attack. The expedition hit hard. They set fires and destroyed buildings so they couldn't be used by the Confederate forces. The raiders freed 750 slaves. (More about this at the bottom of this post)

The raid along the Combahee River, in addition to her activities with the Underground Railroad, made a significant contribution to the Union cause. When Tubman died in 1913, she was honored with a full military funeral in recognition for work during the war.

Harriet Tubman was a strong and much sought after escaped slave and abolitionist. During one of her speeches a man yelled out, "Old woman!!! I don't think no more of you than I do a flea!!!" Harriet Tubman responded, "I may be just a flea, but at least I'll keep you scratchin'"

And that she most certainly did!  Moving from a slave, to nursing Union solders, to running the Underground Railroad, to being the first woman in American history to be asked to plan and lead a military action against the enemy, to having full military honors at her funeral.

A little trivia about Harriet Tubman's raid up the Cumbahee river.
During this mission she was second in command to Col. James Montgomery himself.
Contemplate that for a moment. An uneducated black female ex slave being second in command to a Colonel.

Here is what a Confederate report said of the raid:

The enemy, said a Confederate report on the raid, seems to have been well posted as to the character and capacity of our troops ... and to have been well guided by persons thoroughly acquainted with the river and country. Unwittingly, the report was praising the work of slaves working for Tubman.

Conformation that Harriet Tubman was the first woman in american history to devise and lead a successful military mission:

Reporting on the raid to Secretary of War Stanton, Brigadier General Rufus Saxton said, This is the only military command in American history wherein a woman, black or white, led the raid, and under whose inspiration. it was originated and conducted.

Tubmans spies added to the heroic chronicles of the Black Dispatches.
She was a huge flea.
Thank you Marsha!
I'm looking to dive back in.
I have written mostly prose but am feeling very Iambic for some reason.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by daisyxo on November 15, 2019, 10:40 PM »
It's always interesting to find out how much "fluff and embellishment" that the film industry adds to reality.
Today - Morning, Noon, and Night - across the miles and timezones / Re: Today
« Last post by daisyxo on November 15, 2019, 10:29 PM »
Welcome to our newest member, Spurs And Stetson ... stop in and say hello when you get a chance.
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