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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #47

by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

Deep seeded memories can be as happy as hugs, kisses, laughter, smells, and compassion. Alternatively, we can sustain images of cruelty, neglect or harmful incidents.
This was the mindset of Americans after the Civil War (1861-1865) digging the graves of honorable veterans. Our grandparents and great-grandparents and their forebears were devastated and torn apart by violent conflict in this land we call home.

Canadian composer Robbie Robertson and his music project, The Band, took the view that this aspect of America’s homegrown war deserved a closer look. Robbie had been working on the song with founding band member Levon Helm in Woodstock.

They researched the Union Army’s “Stoneman Raids” and developed a song about Virgil. It is from this poor southerner’s perspective that the 1969 ballad expressed the sadness of a citizen crushed by the might of his own countrymen’s military fury.

The sorrowful lament was unranked when The Band released the record. It was thoughtfully re-released as a cover by American folk singer Joan Baez in 1971. War is hell.

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Clouds of snow

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

“Clouds . . .
of snow
lying on the ground,”
the old man with a white beard
recounting his childhood.

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Card again

A young soldier was in his rest area alone one Sunday morning in Iraq.  

It was quiet that day, The guns, mortars and land mines, for some reason hadn’t made a noise. The young soldier knew it was Sunday. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his sleeping bag. 

Just then his platoon sergeant came over and said, “Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon?” 

The soldier replied, “I thought I would spend some time with the Lord.”  

The sergeant said, “Looks to me like you are going to play cards.”  

The soldier said, “No, Sergeant. Since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I’ve decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.” 

“How’s that again?” the sergeant asked in disbelief. 

“You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds that there is only one G_d.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible – Old and New Testament.

The Three represents the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The Four stands for the Apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The Five is for the five virgins that waited on the Bridegroom, out of ten, but only five saved their lamp oil to greet him.

The Six is for the six days it took G_d to create the heavens and earth.

The Seven is for the day G_d rested after creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. G_d saved the eight people from the flood that destroyed Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy, but ignored Him. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, the angel of light, cast out of heaven, and is now the father of lies.

The Queen stands for the Mary, Jesus mother.

The King stands for Jesus, for He is the King of all kings.  

“When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck, each is a week – 52 in a year.

The four suits represents the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards; there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.  

“So when I want to talk to G_d and think on Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for – even here in the Middle East.” 

The sergeant just stood there with tears in his eyes. He said, “Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?”  

Please take time to pray for all of our servicemen and servicewomen who are now away, putting their lives on the line for America and for the sake of Liberty. 

G_d bless you.

G_d bless Texas.

G_d bless America!

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