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9.11 Remember   Leave a comment

9-11-2001 ~ Remember

 One day
in September,
not spent leave or petals,
bodies wrapped in twisted metal
falling
Heroes
embrace freedom
to save innocent lives,
giving theirs with warrior’s cry –
“Let’s Roll.”
Ten years,
remembering,
we grieve for innocence
lost; honor those who showed selfless
courage.
© Copyright 2011 Kate Sender
Kate – 9-11-2011
Remembering 9-11-2001
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana, Philosopher (1863-1952)
9-11-2016 – It’s only been 15 years ~ Remember, Please

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Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate2World in 9-11-2001, Freedom, History, Poetry, Writing

Independence Day 2011   Leave a comment

service with honor
cerulean skies ignite
for freedom’s delight

With this brief senryu I invite you to give thanks to the service personnel, active, on call, and retired, who bear with honor the burden of maintaining our freedom; and share further, if you will, one soldier’s perspective in etheree form reprised from last year ~ Thank You

Fireworks
Bright
embers
burn the sky
with toxic flames,
searing flesh and mind;
‘till veiled by joyous cries,
mem’ries retreat, careworn eyes
open to see reflected light
glow with freedom’s joy in his child’s face.
For this sight with pride he served – soldier smiles.

© 2010 Kate Sender

https://kate2world.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/fireworks-a-soldiers-view/

Fireworks ~ A soldier’s view   3 comments

Fireworks

Bright
embers
burn the sky
with toxic flames,
searing flesh and mind;
‘till veiled by joyous cries,
mem’ries retreat, careworn eyes
open to see reflected light
glow with freedom’s joy in his child’s face.
For this sight with pride he served – soldier smiles.

© 2010 Kate Sender

The soldier’s recollections are those of a friend who served in Vietnam. ~ Think this Independence Day of those soldiers, sailors, marines, guards, who make it possible for us to take joy, not fear, in the light of flames dancing in the sky ~ and thank them for their service with honor.  Brightest Blessings.

FYI ~ the poetic pattern I used is Etheree ~ Ten lines, increasing syllable count line by line, from one to ten.

Write On!

Kate

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’

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

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