Beautiful words of remembrance and gratitude from Kim…
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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Yes, Kim got it just right.
That says it, absolutely, all.
It really does.
Beautiful, Eliza, thank you for sharing this.
Thank you, Lynn. Kim expresses things so well. 🙂
My husband needs to read this, Eliza. He fought in Nam. ❤
I hope he likes it. Tell him ‘thank you’ for his service.
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.
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.
Beautiful words… I will pass them to my son, he was deployed in Afghanistan and other places…
Thank you, Louise. All credit to Kim. I hope your son likes the poem.