Thank You

Image from wikipedia.com

Image from wikipedia.com 

Poppies
ironic emblem
for Memorial Day
opium
for a nation’s conscience

Forget:
sand, boredom,
taste of blood, beer
smell of tobacco
burning flesh
sound of laughter
screams, explosions, curses

Remember: honor, bravery, sacrifice
Young soldiers 
with ghosts behind their eyes

so much to remember
so much to forget

A day late, but with heartfelt thanks for a sacrifice I can’t even imagine.

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