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Abe at Gettysburg herocomplex.latimes.com

I dreamed I saw old Abe last night
Alive as he could be
Says I, ‘But Abe, you’re long years gone’
‘I never left, says he
‘I never left, says he.

In Washington, Abe says I
As he stood smiling by my side
John Wilkes Booth killed you Abe.
Abe looked at me and said, ‘I never died.’
Abe looked at me and said, ‘I never died.’

The traitorous scoundrel shot you, Abe,
He put a bullet in your head
‘Takes more than that to kill a man’
Says Abe, ‘I am not dead’
Says Abe, ‘I am not dead.’

And standing there so full of life
A smile reaching his eyes
Abe said, The spirit none could ever kill’
‘Keeps on where courage thrives’
‘Keeps on where courage thrives’

I am not dead, Abe said to me
I never truly died.
When Americans fight for the right,
They’ll find me at their side
They’ll find me at their side.

In Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida or Texas
In mine, city, mall, or mill
Where and when citizens defend their rights
It’s there you’ll find me still
It’s there you’ll find me still.

I dreamed I saw old Abe last night
Alive as he could be
Says I, ‘But Abe, you’re long years gone’
‘I never left, says he
‘I never left, says he.

I say we take our cue from Abe.
And arise for all to see.
I say we stand up now and fight.
For truth, justice, and unity
For truth, justice, and unity

With the advent of the movie, Abe Lincoln – Vampire Hunter – I got to thinking what would the Great Emancipator offer us if he truly were immortal and walked among us. This is my answer to that question.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


5 Comments

  1. For some people, the term ‘larger than life’ is a perfect fit. Abe Lincoln has been dead for 147 years and we’re still fascinated by and with him. He certainly made an indelible mark on American history and is one of the historical figures I’d most like to meet. Nice work.

    Mr. Lincoln had a good sense of humor, so I think he’d be rather amused at being portrayed as a vampire hunter (a perfectly respectable form of employment – just ask Professor ABRAHAM Van Helsing!) Coincidence? We think Not!

  2. Larry Conley (Author)

    Melody,

    As the saying went in the Vampire Hunter novel: “Some people are just too interesting to die.”

    Every American no matter their nominal voting bloc could do a lot worse than meditate on life and words of Abraham Lincoln.

    I did not make the connection with Van Helsing. Thank you!

    Larry

  3. Larry I really like this. It made me smile. I would love to hope that the divisions don’t become so great that we can no longer bridge them. sighs… Beautiful words. :)

  4. Anya

    Larry, when I was a little girl and my parents got a complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica, I used to get down volume 16 every couple of weeks and read about Lincoln, who was my favorite president, even though I was only about 5 or 6 and didn’t know much about US history. I think I just knew that what he did was probably one of the greatest demonstrations of humanitarianism and decency an American president could make – recognize that a group of human deserve their right to dignity. I really loved this poem – a very fitting tribute. Brings back a lot of memories of those encyclopedias. :)

    • Larry Conley (Author)

      Thanks Anya!

      Abe has long inspired me. I too had a set of encyclopedias as a child. I read them regularly and learned a great deal.

      Abe was one of my favorite topics, and he is still among my favorite presidents and American heroes.

      Thanks again!

      Larry

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