Monday, May 31, 2010


All we have of freedom,
All we use or know,
This our fathers bought for us
Long and long ago. - Rudyard Kipling

His uniform, it gathers dust,
And yet she keeps it, as she must.
For since she heard the word, bereft,
It's all of him that she has left.

His many medals, multi-hued,
Recall his image, love renewed.
With pride and sorrow, in his stead,
They form a pillow for her head.

Her love was spilt across the sea
To answer calls for liberty.
Though he's been gone for many years,
His memory still ties her to tears.

Parades may form, and troops may march,
Processionals of neatest starch.
And they salute the sacrificed,
Who gave beyond what could be priced.

She'll line her walk with flags again
To honor all the fallen men
And pray for loved ones left alone
With nothing by a granite stone.

She'll lay some blossoms by his name,
Her loyalty thus to proclaim,
And hold his empty hat again
Until she joins the freedom train.

Current Whereabouts: Boat!


  1. I bow to what's beyond the picture and you for sharing that.

  2. Lovely poem.
    Happy Memorial day to you, enjoy your day

  3. well that was just lovely honey!!! thank you.

    enjoy your boat too. smooth sailing to you!

    smiles, bee

  4. I don't think I've ever read that poem before. Bittersweet.

    Enjoy the boating! Big hugs xo

  5. That was wonderful. Thanks.
    Have a super day on that boat.

  6. Well done, and most appropriate for this day.

  7. A poem that can be felt by far too many spouses. Well done.

    Our boating is in jeopardy today--rain expected off and on, but celebrate we will. And give thanks.

    Big hugs, honey...

  8. Don't fall off the boat.

  9. fantastic expression of liberty! have a great day!

    where are the pets?

  10. Well said! Happy weekend to you and yours!

  11. Great poem and one that identifies this day as somber and reflective for mans inhumanity to man. War what is it go for? Absolutely nothing.....

    Not to say that those who gave their lives to fight for our freedom are all heroes and can rest in eternal grace and my humble appreciation.

    I just wish we could figure out how to settle differences without violence.

  12. Absolutely Wonderful.

    Thank God for our troops, past, present, and future.

    Keep an even keel.

    Happy Memorial.


  13. A wonderful poem worth pondering! ;D

    Happy Memorial Day!

  14. An extremely touching posting.that makes this old Airman feel proud.

  15. It's not only our servicemen and women who serve, but their families, too. Thanks to all who have served our country....


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