Decoration Day

it is on this day
and every other
I remember
you did not serve
on any front
but fought
the life war
battling
vices
and dad

struggling
to either
join him
or
leave him
you chose
both
neither
worked

fighting
for a shred of
normalcy
you thought
others had
and you deserved

you lost

I send this
kiss
on angel
wings
maybe
too late
to comfort
your soul
but
it is on this day
and every other
I remember

(for other Memorial Day poems click here)

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12 Responses to Decoration Day

  1. johemmant says:

    Perfect, profound. The third stanza is really hardhitting, especially the you deserved, compounded by the one line you lost. Really, really good work, Scot.

  2. Scot says:

    I was asked by David to write a Memorial Day Poem which is reserved to remembering those who served and died in war. This was mine.

  3. David Rheins says:

    Thank you for sharing this personal reflection, Scot. And for contributing to the free pamphlet Memorial Day special. Very powerful piece. Haunting images.

  4. Bob says:

    I’m sure she’d be very proud, Scot. Magnificent poem…

  5. Scot says:

    Thank You David

  6. Scot says:

    Bob
    thanks Bob–have a great holiday

  7. kimtblogger says:

    moving… kiss on angel wings lovely

  8. Vincent says:

    this is a fine poem scot. says so much in few lines

  9. Scot says:

    kim
    thank you for the kind words

  10. Scot says:

    vincent
    glad you are back–thank you

  11. Heather says:

    This is my first time here, I found you on Poets Who Blog…

    struggling
    to either
    join him
    or
    leave him
    you chose
    both
    neither
    worked

    How very profound, and applicable to my own life. It’s a hard day when you realize you can’t have someone and leave them, too.

    Very nicely written!

    Heather

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