Thursday, July 4, 2024

For Independence Day -- The Ballad of Asahel Read

 I had ChatGPT-4o write a poem about my Revolutionary War soldier ancestors in Independence Day - My 23 Known Revolutionary War Soldier Ancestors - Randy's Heroes and then had the bright idea to write a poem about my 5th great-granduncle, Asahel Read (1753-1775), the son of my 5th great-grandparents Isaac and Experience (Willis) Read, who died during the Battle of Lexington on 19 April 1775.

I wrote about Asahel Read in My Uncle, Asahel Read (1753-1775) died at Lexington on 19 April 1775.

Here is the ChatGPT-4o poem commemorating Asahel Read (given a suitable prompt):

The Ballad of Asahel Read


In Sudbury town, in a house so neat, Asahel Read was born, a heart so sweet.
Last child of Isaac and Experience's line, In 1753, a joy divine.

With schooling brief, he learned the trade, Of farm life’s toil in sun and shade.
He sowed the seeds, the earth did turn, Harvests reaped as seasons churned.

With cows he worked and horses groomed, In nature’s rhythm, his heart attuned.
He loved the town, the river's play, Flirted with girls in a youthful way.

To church he’d go, with friends he'd meet, In laughter’s echo, life was sweet.
Yet shadows crept on freedom's dawn, A call to arms, a war was drawn.

April 19th, the warning spread, "The Redcoats march," the call was said.
With courage bold and spirit bright, He mounted horse and joined the fight.

To Lexington, he rode with speed, In freedom's name, a noble deed.
But fate was harsh, a musket's fire, A life cut short, a family’s ire.

His body brought to Sudbury’s ground, In sorrow's grip, his kin were bound.
A hero's rest, in earth's embrace, Their apple gone, a vacant space.

In memory's hold, he lives anew, In hearts that beat, both strong and true.
Asahel Read, forever young, In freedom's song, his name is sung.

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