NaPoWriMo – #16

Once we had a war on poverty,
now we seem
to be engaged in
a war against the poor,
as if the “have nots”
were the enemy,
the problem.
Rather than
the incredible greed
of the “have too muchs”
who burden us all
with the terrible weight
of their avarice

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.