As I wrote in a recent post, I had a book signing in Isle of Wight County, Va., recently for my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray. A few days after the signing I received an email from Gwynne George, who sent me this lovely poem she had written after reading the Civil War novel.

A big thank you to Gwynne for taking the time to write and send me this beautiful poem.

Love hath not forgot
for it blooms everywhere.
On dead and dreary battlefields,
and in his stallions’ pastures.
Shades of gray.
Shades of blue.
The sun
and the moon,
shall always prove true.
For love hath not forgot
in the ‘Shades of Gray’

Gwynne explains that the poem shows that love can be found on the battlefields or in the estates of a wealthy Southerner. Shades of gray – the Confederates – and the shades of blue – the Union – can become one, even if they are as different as the sun and the moon. Love shall always prove true and shall not be forgotten, no matter how difficult or treacherous the journey.

Needless to say, I am honored and humbled that Shades of Gray inspired someone to write a poem! Thank you again Gwynne for writing it, and allowing me to share.


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