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Ulysses S. Grant

I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything.
– Ulysses S. Grant

I wrote as I did
in a spare craftsman style
knowing men died
the entire time I wrote
the entire time they read.

A man could be shot
while hacking though
the thicket of words
created by some generals
and die before he could act.

Knowing, then,
I wrote to dying men
and sometimes sent my dispatches
back to the living world
I demanded clarity of myself.

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  1. January 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Powerful piece.

  2. January 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Sometimes silence is king

  3. January 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Grant really did have a way with words and needed few to get his point across.

  4. January 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You’ve chosen such an enigmatic historical figure to address. I didn’t know this about his writing. Strong choice of verbs. Thank you.

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