Hello to you all!
My wife and I had the privilege of bringing our three girls over to visit the Alamo. Shortly after, I was taken aback getting this from our 13 year old:
An old structure there does stand today
That looks like it undergoes decay.
But bricks of the past it is naught
Unless at a time you were taught
One hundred eighty years ago,
There was fought at the Alamo
A great battle for justice and liberty
so that Texas would be free.
The Mexican Constitution
Was the cause of revolution.
For it swore to give cheap Mexican land
To those who’d bow to Santa Ana’s hand.
“Cheap land!” the Americans thought
And remain up north they did not.
To the South several eagerly came
And “home” they said was Mexico’s new name.
So it was that circumstances turned
That disobedience the Texans learned;
The terms of the Constitution of Mexico
The settlers from America did not follow.
Santa Ana was ever so provoked
That he had the Constitution revoked.
“Immigration shall have regulations now,
For I know that men won’t always keep their vow.
“Such injustice!” the Texans cried
As Santa Ana they defied.
“If you want us to be to the Constitution true,
You hypocrite, an example for us should be you.
Return to the Constitution let it be
Or war and effusion of blood we shall see!”
“Then let all the guns fire and the swords be clashed!”
Said President Santa Ana unabashed.
“Colonel,” said the President to Ugartechea [you-girt-a-key-oe],
“For me to the Texan settlement Gonzales go
And take the cannon we to them gave
To from Comanche attacks them save.
The answer of the old Colonel was “sí”
And he swore to do his job faithfully.
So to Gonzales he did ride
And to the settlers he then cried.
“Come and take it.” the Texans taunted
as a flag with their words on it they flaunted.
Submit to me; otherwise, I will fire,
And don’t think me a cowardly liar!
A shot was the colonist’s response
From then, a battle begun at once.
The Mexicans angrily did fire back
But on them was such a severe attack.
“The Texans mustn’t be underestimated.
Ugartechea to Santa Ana stated.
“Persistence in this war we must choose
Or Texas it is that we can lose.
“ Although, yes, we have been driven back,
Courage it is we shall never lack.
Let us March to the Alamo
Where the Texans gather I know.
“ I see afar an army of Mexicans.”
Said Travis, the commander of the Texans.
“I believe they mean to fight;
Thus, I think it would be to rally right.
Exactly as Buck Travis said did he;
He interjected, “Death or victory!”
In his significant letter
For the Texan better.
By and by, the reinforcements came
Just before the Mexicans did aim
With their guns at the Alamo stronghold
And make it be that it is today told.
Hour after hour, the foe’s cannons fired
And the Texan’s cannons in return fired.
Day and night the guns boomed and boomed.
The defenders are tired the Mexicans assumed.
Now you see, they did not rest for days upon days
For the Mexicans fought in the following ways:
Awake the Texan army they did keep
They woke them whenever they tried to sleep.
At last they all did cease their fire
To let their enemies retire.
So once it was that the Texans slept
Up the Alamo wall the Mexicans crept.
They were as successful as can be
As they did climb very silently
But the Texans did stir and wake
When foolishness one amongst them did take…
“ Viva Santa Ana!” was the shout
That had gone amongst them all about.
Every Mexican soldier cried the word
And every Texan soldier was roused… heard…
Each Texan hurriedly picked up his rifle
And fought, viewing his life as a mere trifle;
Then, freedom was far more than comfort dear;
Thus, the Texans had not a fear.
News of the Texan defeat spread
From one’s mouth to another’s ear to his head
’Til it reached Sam Houston, a man hard to scare.
He to the people of his town a campaign he declare.
It is true: at the Alamo, we’ve lost
And to that loss, blood and death was the cost.
But not in vain have our comrades died
For we shall come along their side.
There went up a great yell of “Hear! Hear!”
Pronounced by men with hearts full of cheer.
To volunteering many did assent
So to the south Sam Houston’s army went.
For miles upon miles they all did go
’Til they arrived at San Jacinto.
There the Mexicans they did face
And ran the noble soldier’s race.
A man the Texan side did capture
But his identity they did not enrapture
Until night had closed about
There came up a booming shout:
“ Viva Santa Ana!” the foes did say,
Giving their dear President’s name away.
“If you please, give to us Texas
Or else your life belongs to us!”
So, my friends, that is how it came to be
That Texas became a great state that is free.
Now when on the Alamo you lay eyes,
I hope you’ll see beyond its homely guise.