~
Today I will remember
Those who have fallen so young
Because of the bad decisions
Of Adolf Hitler
~
Normandy and Omaha
On those beaches lay the dead
Of young men who were heroes
Who died for freedom
~
Each person has a story
That is known by very few
Each would say “ordinary”
If they only knew
 
Each life is special
A sacred gift to cherish
Remembering the sacrifice
~  
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remember

May 26, 2009

written on Memorial Day
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I want the humor
Of Bill Wooten to help me
Discover the light
~
I watched Bill Wooten face death
With courage and dignity
I stood there powerlessly
In a sacred space
~
Do not be afraid
There is a hope to be known
Looking you will find
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Today I will remember
Those who have fallen so young
Because of the bad decisions
Of Adolf Hitler
~
Normandy and Omaha
On those beaches lay the dead
Of young men who were heroes
Who died for freedom
~
Each person has a story
That is known by very few
Each would say “ordinary”
If they only knew
~
Each life is special
The one thing I have learned
Help me see each one
~
Words are important
They can bring life or bring death
Spoken from the heart
~
It helps me to write
The things that are on my mind
My grandchildren will read them
Maybe get a glimpse
Of how much I love them
Of ways that will set them free
~
When I was young I sought peace
Now I am much older
Some say I am elderly
I don’t think I am 
~
Inside there is a little boy
Full of wonder and great joy
Living in discovery
At age sixty-six
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I grew up in the trouble
But I have found a teaching
That’s been tested in the streets
Triumph is in reach
~
I will have to wait
For those I’d love to ask me
How I found my way
~
In quiet I can listen
Think through the things I can do
And what I can’t do
~
It’s been a good day
I have vacuumed the house rugs
And taken a nap
Been refreshed at Starbucks
Where I am writing this now
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I owe a great debt
To those who’ve given me words
~
Another man I thought of
He was ninety-four years old
I sat listening to him
E.H. Ijams his name
~
I could see light in his eyes
His sense of humor was strong
He spoke to me words of wisdom
I’ll never forget
~
Some of my mentors
Battle worn and full of joy
Heroes in my world
.
May 25, 2009
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