Monday, May 28, 2012
At graduation, after the national anthem
during the address a member of the House
of Delegates inspires the graduates to defy
the odds & take on the world, with well worn
cliche's & quotes from Miley Cyrus.
My eyes drift to the championship banners
that cling to the walls of the gymnasium
Seventy nine years---- is a long time
to be celebrating the same last win---
The words drone to an end, the band blows
horns & bangs drums as kids toss their
caps in the air & cheer. The Senior class files out
as we stand---clap, clap, clapping---
When we get home, my nephew
will open his gift from us, a shirt emblazoned
with the name of the college he accepted,
only, last week he changed his mind & enlisted,
his mother livid, like mine was when I tried,
but unlike me he's eighteen & needs
no one's permission
In his card, I wrote,"Do what you want, not
anyone else. Once you sign that line, your life
is no longer yours but stands in the place of someone.
You will not always get accolades for the little
things you do to keep us safe and find ridicule
at the hands of the unwilling. Not all men can live
with that---be sure you can & we will always
be proud of you."
And he did.
And we are.
And we will be.
And today, we celebrate the others that did, as well.
Happy Memorial Day everyone. Take time to remember those that serve today, either in our armed services or here or in your hometown to provide us with freedom & safety. Thank you to all who serve and to those that have given their lives, for us.
We are doing just that at dVerse Poets today. Writing to honor those that serve. If you wrote something today to do that, please drop in over there and link in. May peace find us soon, and we bring our soldiers home.