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SEVEN DAYS IN STALINGRAD

VERSE 1:
He wore a cross of iron;
He wore a helm of steel.
He dug his berth six feet
beneath the ground.

White heat of a signal flare
Was all that he could feel–
Just before a shrapnel storm
came streaming down.

CHORUS:
The sun spins ‘round
in a circle in the sky;
The crow flies south
as another young man dies.

The snow dusts his lips
as his blood stains the ground;
An altar among many
that will never be found.

VERSE 2:
He bore a cross of iron;
He bore a heart of steel.
He dragged his bones beyond
a skeleton town.

The shrill scream of a Sturmovik
was all that he could hear–
Just before a cordite cone
crashed to the ground.

CHORUS:
The sun spins ‘round
in a circle in the sky;
The crow flies south
as another young man dies.

The snow dusts his lips
as his blood stains the ground;
An altar among many
that will never be found.
Seven Days In Stalingrad
Multiple sources of inspiration for this one. Chief among them is Seven Days In January by Wolf T. Zoepf, the memoirs of an officer of the 6th Waffen-SS* Mountain Division chronicling it's combat history. The rest are various articles, interviews, and novelizations by the lucky few (on both sides) who survived the horrors of the Eastern Front in World War Two.

*NOTE: I do not support Nazism, National Socialism, or any of the ideological principles therein; my interest in the subject is purely historical.
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James R. Stoudt
United States
Current Residence: United States
Favourite genre of music: A blend of New-Wave, Rock, and Ambient (or at least something unique). Intelligent lyrics help, too.
Favourite photographer: On DeviantArt: "Stefanparis," "ThisYearsGirl," and "GeorgeHarrison."
Favourite style of art: Just about any style, as long as there's an organic, emotional, "human" element to it
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
MP3 player of choice: One that works.
Shell of choice: The kind you can hear the ocean in.
Wallpaper of choice: The kind that looks nice.
Skin of choice: The kind that keeps the dust out.
Favourite cartoon character: Mizore from Rosario + Vampire
Personal Quote: "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." -- Martin Luther King
Interests
First, a little background information. My college hosts a student-run literature magazine called Shadows of Birds, which accepts both poetry and works of short fiction from the student body. Each semester they publish three collections drawn from this content, and the competition can be pretty fierce; I had been submitting for the last year or so and never made the cut. woe emote However, for the final issue of 2014 they decided to switch things up somewhat; instead of publishing electronically, they debuted their first-ever print edition. To celebrate, they rented out the entire on-site Freyberger Art Gallery for the evening, and invited all students and faculty to hear the issue's chosen authors recite their work.

Less than 48 hours before the event, I checked my e-mail for the first time in a week...and saw I was one of the featured contributors. :faint:

Sweet jumping John Jacob Jingle-Heimer Jehoshaphats, it felt like Christmas came early. It's not a major publication, and it's not for profit (the magazine is free), and it's only 3 lyrics, but screw it, it's finally happened! :excited: I can only hope this emotional high lasts long enough to cover the slough of rejection letters I'll probably get out of college.

Welp, back to bouncing off the walls!
  • Listening to: Weathered Wolves - Dead Astronauts
  • Reading: The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Watching: Out
  • Playing: It Straight
  • Eating: Beef jerky
  • Drinking: It all in

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midnightclubx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Writer
Thanks for the fave and watch! :)
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AutoBubbs Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
And thanks for even more favin! :D
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AutoBubbs Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for all of the faves!  I have something I'm currently working on I'm sure you'll like.  ^_^
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Thanks for the fav!
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hankep Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Thanks a lot for the watch and all the favs. :hug:
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AutoBubbs Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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AutoBubbs Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the Journal-fave.  It's greatly appreciated. :)
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
No problem. =)
Have you considered starting a petition on Change.org about this? It would bring some much-needed publicity to the issue.
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AutoBubbs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I have been signing them as they have come to my attention.  I've got multiple friends and family who agree with my position and keep me updated via Facebook.
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Thank you very much for your interest in my work.
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