Memorial Day~Giving Thanks   1 comment

Thank You 

It is because you dare to walk away,
To greet an arid, alien terrain
Where ever-open wounds bleed ceaseless pain,
That in my gilded tower, I dare stay.

Your gentle hands proffered with friendship’s clasp
Will bear the arms that set caged spirits free,
Your voice that sings awake the dawn with glee
Will whisper terse commands with measured rasp.

Because you leave behind all that you know
A fateful autumn day will not reprise,
But in its stead I watch the starlit skies
And see heroic echoes in their glow.

It is because you care to walk away,
That in my gilded tower I dare stay.

(c) 2008 Kate Sender

I wrote this for a friend, a Guardsman, shipping out – a Swannet form verse  in tribute.  It didn’t at first have a title.  My friend came home more than a year later, but so many over time have not.  So many served with honor and paid the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom and mine, so today I gave the little verse a title, ‘Thank You.’

Memorial Day ~ After the parades and barbecues in company of friends and/or family, recall the men and women who are yet in harm’s way, those who over time have had the courage to take up arms for our freedom, and yes, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice that we may enjoy our freedom ~ ‘Thank You.’  

A simple ‘thank you’ from the heart, I really believe  will echo across the veil; and if we listen we just may hear, borne upon a breath of wind, a chorus of Taps in refrain.

‘Thank you’

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Posted May 31, 2010 by Kate2World in Freedom, Memorial Day, Military, Poetry, Swannet, Writing

One response to “Memorial Day~Giving Thanks

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  1. Amen.

    Dr. B

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