Johnny Reb and Billy Yank


     Johnny Reb and Billy Yank
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mike_mezz Writer, historian and musician
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During the Civil War
Two brothers found themselves on opposite sides

A Narrative Poem

Johnny Reb and Billy Yank

Johnny Reb and Billy Yank By:Mike Mezz

They stood across the battlefield Facing against each other these days When the guns silenced they'd meet One wore blue and one wore gray

The two men shared coffee and smokes Talked about family and life as soldiers Laughing at some crude little jokes And what they'd do when the war was over

Every conversation ended the same way They'd look at each other and say 'I'll see you in hell Johnny Reb' 'I'll see you in hell Billy Yank'

They both knew that someday soon Their paths may cross through the haze And see each other across the way Through that bloody and deadly space

So far luck has been their lady Seemed like the war will last an eternity Both longed for home and their family Born brothers but now they're enemies

They both remembered it the same way They'd look at each other and say 'I'll see you in hell Johnny Reb' 'I'll see you in hell Billy Yank'

Every battle could be a very tough time Back home for the men's dear mother She always just asked herself why? What if her only children killed each other?

She was all alone in bluegrass Kentucky Shielded herself from the news of war Always praying for them to be lucky Her poor heart just couldn't take it anymore

Her final words were written in ink As she mumbled the words to say 'I'll see you in heaven Johnny Reb 'I'll see you in heaven Billy Yank'

Cannons boomed from a nearby hill Bullets whistled like hornets overhead The ground was red from blood that spilled One can't walk without stepping on the dead

The smoke cleared as the sun fell away Two wounded men lay beside each other One wore blue and one wore gray Morality wounded they held one another

The brothers struggled for a final breath They looked at each other to say 'I'll see you at home Johnny Reb' 'I'll see you at home Billy Yank'

The war ended for the brothers At Gettysburg that fateful day..

Thanks for reading this Narrative Poem...

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