| General Poetry
posted January 12, 2019
A decision that haunts a man
The line was drawn deep in the dust;
He faced them sword in hand.
A leader born for such a time;
This fortress his command.
As Travis talked, he gave each man
The choice to flee or bide,
The fate of Texas was at stake;
An army stood outside.
Crockett and Houston crossed the line;
They knew where their hearts lay.
The Alamo they'd help defend;
There was no other way.
Both volunteers from Tennessee,
They fought for freedom's cause;
When Texas called for fighting men,
They answered first of all.
Bowie was there, a fighter born;
His skill with knife well known.
He boldly crossed the line that day;
He would not die alone.
Man by man, each made that step;
Then only one remained.
Two hundred there, I stood alone,
Both red faced and ashamed.
For Texas freedom, they would fight
And face death unafraid;
But no man there could know the vow
To wife and son I'd made.
"Come safely home," she, crying, said;
Her plea rang on my ear.
"Love, swear to me that you'll return."
I wiped away her tears.
"No worldly cause will I place first;
This vow you can hold true.
To serve his God and family first
Is what a man should do."
That pact I made now anchored me,
Like lead upon my soul,
And doomed my life from that day hence
Each time the story's told.
All men who stayed were killed that day,
Their deaths in honor bound;
But branded with a coward's name,
I drifted town to town.
The choice was mine; no blame I place;
On hallowed ground I trod.
What good is life with honor gone
To wife or son or God?
If fate be kind, my name one day
No more the world will know;
My brand I'll wear until I die,
The coward of Alamo.
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