In Gratitude

My heart is heavy today thinking about those who have lost their loved ones in military service. I just want to say, “Thank you,” to them and let them know they are not forgotten even in the midst of a Memorial Day that is frequently filled with gathering around a grill instead of gratefulness around a grave. I wrote a poem for this reason.

In Gratitude 

No flag wrapped tightly in respect

Will replace the arms that wrapped them tightly in love.

No lone bugler’s melancholy brass

Can match the mournful moans of a grieving mother.

 No three-volley salute

Can deafen like the poundings of the fists in loss.

 No three o’clock pause

Is sufficient to show gratitude.

 And yet…

Can we even grant them that?

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