Rise from shadows

Beautiful words of remembrance and gratitude from Kim…

Peace, Love and Patchouli

We linger on the side

Of this life that rushes by,

So much forgotten as it keeps moving

With or without us

We must stop and respect

All that has been

Through days that slip into shadow

Waiting on the full of the moon

To guide with light

As we step out from the side

And become one with it all.

We learn and honor

Stories of those who fought

While life kept on far away

We had never touched the sorrow

We had not felt the scent of the fire rising

As lands crumbled below the skies

We laughed in yards and lived our minutes


Today we raise flags and remember the basic rule,

With respect and love for the wounded and often forgotten

That there should be every day set aside

To simply say a gentle thank you

For what I have now,

You have suffered


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13 Responses to Rise from shadows

  1. I agree…beautiful.

  2. Alice Pratt says:

    That says it, absolutely, all.

  3. Beautiful, Eliza, thank you for sharing this.

  4. AmyRose🌹 says:

    My husband needs to read this, Eliza. He fought in Nam. ❤

  5. Brenda says:

    Veterans Day carries an extra layer of melancholy in that it originally commemorated the laying down of arms on November 11 after the brutal butchery of WWI. We were supposed to have learned the cost of modern warfare in that “war to end all wars.” The lesson faded all to quickly.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I read something recently that said because humans ‘memory’ is limited to parents and grandparents, going back 50-100 years, the lessons are forgotten. Thus, history repeats itself. Alas, the wretched human condition.

  6. louise237 says:

    Beautiful words… I will pass them to my son, he was deployed in Afghanistan and other places…

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