Friday, May 25, 2012


public domain photo of flood wall depicting notorious Hatfield and McCoy families  - credits below

Grudges to Graves

Tale of old times: dissenting views, two
too stubborn for discourse, dialogue
sporting myopic opinions
disagreement sparks dispute
descends to squabble, bicker, brawl
word gauntlets thrown, seconds chosen,
family feud ensues, lingers, loiters
Albatross animosity remains
wounds won’t scar
blood still seeps
into eternity

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 public domain photo credits:
English: Close-up of a section of the floodwall along the Tug Fork River at Matewan, West Virginia, USA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed levees and floodwalls along the river to protect the town. The wall depicts the families involved in the notorious Hatfield-McCoy feud of 1878–1891.
Date 10 March 1999
Source U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library
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Author U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, photographer not specified or unknown
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Public domain This image or file is a work of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soldier or employee, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.
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  1. Pam, quite the dispute! The intensity of your words rings true to the topic.

    1. Thanks, Patricia! It is an intense, and sad, topic, isn't it?

  2. Lovely piece, Pamela. Nowadays those bitter feuds seem to result in gunfire... unfortunately.

    1. Thanks, Laurie! Sadly, you are right. Then again, the same was true in the Hatfields' & McCoys' time as well. :-]