As you may have guessed, if you follow this or my Kids of the Homefront Army blog, I'm a big advocate of using old photographs as inspiration for poems about history. I refer to the resulting poems as "poehistry." If you'd like to see examples from this blog, click on the label (on the right hand side of the page) "poehistry."
Here's a list poem inspired by the Civil War tintype above:
Reasons to Volunteer for the Band
Foot soldiers love music.
It incites them to heroic deeds.
Politicians love music
With which to bury the heroic dead.
The Ladies love music.
Savage breast and all that.
The Ladies love splendid uniforms.
The carrying of a saxhorn or drum
Is easier than carrying a dying brother.
There is only so much a man
Can do when all men are brothers.
Musicians are respected,
Whether or not is it warranted.
When you are in hell
Respect is meaningless.
Why not blow a horn?
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Photo [Ten unidentified soldiers that form a Union regimental band with saxhorns and drums] courtesy Library of Congress.