Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day ~ Lest We Forget



Do Not Stand At My grave And Weep
~Mary Frye (1932)

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow;
I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain;
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush;
I am in the graceful rush.

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.

I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.



Freedom Is Not Free
~Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.



Memorial Day
~Theodosia Pickering Garrison

A handful of old men walking down the village street
In worn, brushed uniforms, their gray heads high;
A faded flag above them, one drum to lift their feet-
Look again, O heart of mine, and see what passes by!

There's a vast crowd swaying, there's a wild band playing,
The streets are full of marching men, or tramping cavalry.
Alive and young and straight again, they ride to greet a mate again-
The gallant souls, the great souls that live eternally!

A handful of old men walking down the highways?
Nay, we look on heroes that march among their peers,
The great, glad Companions have swung from heaven's byways
And come to join their own again across the dusty years.

There are strong hands meeting, there are staunch hearts greeting-
A crying of remembered names, of deeds that shall not die.
A handful of old men?-Nay, my heart, look well again;
The spirit of America today is marching by!

6 comments:

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

These are lovely poems. I've linked them on my blog.
Mrs.B

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Mrs. B ~
I am so glad you enjoyed them. I was searching online for something fitting for today and when I saw these I knew I had it.

~Warm Cozy Wishes

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Oh~I enjoyed reading these!

Sarah said...

Wonderful poems - I linked them through my happy homemaker list!

I was reading through a few posts I missed over the weekend - too funny about the flocking! I love that you all were armed and dangerous!

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Thank you for taking the time to share such beautiful poems today!

blessings,

lady m

Blessed Beyond said...

These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them!!
Hugs and Blessings,