On September 27, 2020 John wrote:"
Home Video # 26 - Where No Monument Stands - From a poem by William Stafford, music by JG. Originally appeared in the film Every War Has Two Losers, also on my Bright Side of Down cd. I hope you like it!



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.. John Gorka - Where No Monument Stands  

 



Where No Monument Stands (Lyrics)


This is the field where the battle did not happen,
Where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
Where no monument stands,
And the only heroic thing is the sky,
And the only heroic thing is the sky.

 

Birds fly here without any sound,
Unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed-or were killed-on this ground
Hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
That people celebrate it by forgetting its name.



 



This is the field where the battle did not happen,
Where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
Where no monument stands,
And the only heroic thing is the sky,
And the only heroic thing is the sky.

  So Dark You See is the eleventh studio album by folk singer-songwriter John Gorka, released on October 13, 2009.

 

 

 



John Gorka with filmmaker Haydn Reiss

"Where No Monument Stands” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers. This film tells the story of how one man, William Stafford (1914-1993), choose to answer the call to war. It is a story of confronting beliefs that swirl around war - Isn't war inevitable? Even necessary? What about the enemy? Stafford refused to fight in World War Two and served four years in camps for conscientious objectors.

 

 

EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS (2009) tells the story of how one man, William Stafford (1914-1993), choose to answer the call to war. It is a story of confronting beliefs that swirl around war - Isn't war inevitable? Even necessary? What about the enemy? Stafford refused to fight in World War Two and served four years in camps for conscientious objectors. Later he was the winner of the National Book Award for poetry.

Director Haydn Reiss met Stafford in 1990 and later produced a one-hour documentary, William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. That film chronicles the similarities and differences between these two close friends and great poets. Approaches to writing, teaching and the meaning of poetry are all explored in this lively and engaging film. (The film is included as a DVD extra on EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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