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The Battle's End by Donna Ridgway

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When I met my husband Robert, I ran my feed store during the day and washed dishes at night, in a little cafe in a small town in Western Montana. He was driving a logging truck, and one day stopped to have his supper in the cafe where I worked.

While he was there, he noticed a painting of mine that was hanging in the cafe. The painting was one of Mohawk, an Indian pony.

Robert asked me if he could write a poem that went with the horse. Of course I said yes.

A few days later, he stopped at the cafe again, and showed me the poem he’d written.

Robert is a Viet Nam vet who’d been in the battle at Khe Sahn, as a forward observer, attached to Echo Company, on hill 861 Alpha. During the fighting, the hill was all important. Men lost their lives to keep this chunk of land. When the fighting was over, no one cared about that particular hill any longer. The living soldiers walked off to fight on new ground.

Looking back, they remembered fallen comrades, lost lives and the agony of battle.

When Robert wrote this poem, he was thinking of the battle of Khe Sahn, and “what it had really cost”. This work of art is a combination of our work, my painting and his poem, put together in Photoshop.

Featured in This and That
May 2011
Thank you!

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war, marines, memorial day, khe sahn, 861 alpha, operation pegasus, viet nam memorial, echo company

Enjoying what Montana has to offer, greatly influences my work. Rodeos, horses, mountains, all of this plays a part in what I create. I lived here in Montana, taking care of cattle and horses on the ranch until I retired a few years ago.

I now spend my time recreating in Montana, and creating photos and paintings from what I see here in this state.

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Comments

  • Gayle Bell
    Gayle Bellabout 5 years ago

    Very moving and beautiful piece.

  • Thank you, Gayle.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    You two should do more collaborations Donna! This is just a beautiful combination of color, composition, emotion and meaning. Great job. ;)

  • Thank you Sharon!

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Carol Megivern
    Carol Megivernabout 5 years ago

    Oh Donna (and Robert), the painting and words take the beauty and soulful emotion way beyond our mortal souls. This composition is an awesome and wonderful tribute that goes way beyond expressive words!

  • I didn’t see this sooner, Carol, Thank you so much and I’m glad you liked this.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...about 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful and meaningful. Fantastic Painting of the horse with such beautiful words. Your description enhances your work! – David

  • Thank you so much, David. My husband will be glad to see this also.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayabout 5 years ago

    You guys brought tears to our eyes. It’s so wonderful to have our work appreciated, especially on this Memorial Day.

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • Thank you Louise.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 3 years ago

    Would you please consider entering this piece of art into the Just Fun Group so you can enter the Memorial Day Challenge?!

  • I’d love to! Thank you.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

  • :)

    – Donna Ridgway

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on lovely feature, 18/05/2011….Shirley

  • Thank you so much. My husband will be delighted to know this, as am I! :)

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

    I’m just crazy about this!! The story to go with it is wonderful!!

  • Read your comment to Robert, he was pleased! :)

    – Donna Ridgway

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