would be alright

if no one got killed

like we did at Monte Vista

elementary in Albuquerque,

where we daily, refought the Civil War –

the two sides, gray and blue, aggregating

onto two opposing hills at recess,

and then charge across the playground

merging, blending, through

to the opposing side.


Two colors, blending as one.


Then we would all go back to class,

recess and the war all over.



Copyright © 2011 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Yes Marvin, if it could only be held to that. American Blue and Grey, French Blue and Prussian Blue, British khaki and German field green. Always the colours are lined up in opposition while the gold braid lounges in the rear.


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