Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day


For the Young and Brave

What more can one give?
Leaving friends and family
Trusting to come home

Following the call
Putting greater good ahead
Knowing the danger

Wanting to believe
That what you do will matter
Dying not in vain

Life and war not fair
Who validates the outcome
Blood and tears the price

Who once was, is not
Heart beating fast now silent
All around go on

Politicians talk
They do not have the answer
Answer lies within

Only those who die
Have the right to talk of war
Can we still listen?

10 comments:

geogirl said...

Very Nice.

I miss your poetry at the "other" place.

s@bd said...

sigh.

yep.

Charlie said...

First time reader of your blog, Mater, but i have been lurking over at BEAW, but I wanted to say thanks, on behalf of other servicemembers. Very sweet of you.

Odd Mix said...

That was a beautiful poem.

If you don't mind my asking - and I really do not intend this as critical or confrontational - do you feel that those of us who have been to war and returned have not the right to speak of it and be heard?

The Mater said...

Not at all ... anyone who has worn his or her country's uniform has every right to speak. I don't trust empty words coming from many "non military" who are politically motivated and "above the fray and horror of war." I think their words ring hollow most of the time.

Sadly, I also feel that those who have made the ultimate sacrifice have earned the right to be heard. If only they could speak from the grave and tell us of their final moments and thoughts. What would we learn from their sacrifices?

The Mater said...

charlie and odd mix, thank you for your comments.

Tree said...

Beautiful.

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