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.
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.
Can we even grant them that?