I’ll Stand With You

Dedicated to all my American brothers and sisters!

Revolution is in the air, I can
Smell it upon the breeze,
And I’ll stand with you and fight this war ‘til
I’m felled upon my knees!

I’m too crippled to fight, too young to die,
And much too brave to run,
But you can bet I will have your back as
Long as I have my gun!

As long as there’s breath in these old lungs, and
I can still see to shoot,
I’ll stand with you on this sacred ground, right
Next to you, boot to boot!

With you, my brother, and you my sis, I’ll
Fight to the bloody end,
I haven’t got much, but I’ll have your back –
On that, you can depend!

When we see them come up over the hill
We’ll give a rebel yell,
And when we’re done with those dirty dogs, they’ll
Think it more fun in hell!

No, I won’t run and I won’t weep when I
Hear their warrior’s cry.
I’ll raise my gun and try to shoot straight, and
Keep shooting until I die!

I’ll stand with you and fire my gun, and
Wield my Viking sword,
‘Til we kill them, or they kill me, and send
My last breath to the Lord!

Yes, I’ll stand with you and fire my gun,
Pick ‘em off one by one.
I cannot do much, but I’ll fight with you
Until our fighting’s done!

© 2015 The Poet Darkling™

 

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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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