Gettysburg Speech Creative Exercise

IMG_6786.jpgWe stopped, finally, at a graveyard, reeling to catch our breath. No one spoke: only wheezing and coughing could be heard in the early morning light. Coach walked purposefully over to a nearby tombstone, looked around, and asked, “Anybody know what this place is?”

“This is Gettysburg.” He responded after no one spoke up. “This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg.”

“Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we’re still fighting amongst ourselves today!” Coach paused, gazing fiercely into our eyes; allowing time for his remark to sink in. “This green field right here, painted red bubbling with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead tore right through their bodies. Listen to their souls. Man killed my brother; with malice in my heart hatred destroyed my family.”

“You listen and take a lesson from the dead: If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground we too will be destroyed just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other, but you WILL respect each other, and maybe, I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.”

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