Saints of Santee

On a cloudy day I met them

soldiers caught in a deluge of muscle and machine

forgotten when the waters came

inundated by a dam in forty-two

Forever trapped they stand

saints of imposed courage

spreading arms of strength and refuge

among their fallen comrades

Denizens of circumstance

bound by their own roots

celebrating life under skies of change

and error of men

Saints ever trusting in the day

of impending justice

as inborn hope fuels their growth

and denies defeat

Note: Santee State Park sits on the shores of Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina and one of fifty large lakes in the United States. The lake was created in the early 1940’s during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to provide jobs and hydroelectric power for rural electrification.

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