Memorial Day, where I live, is a day set aside for remembering all of those who have given their lives in service to their country. It seems to say, "You died so that I might live." Take a look at this brief poem that I have whipped up for you just now:
Soldier, soldier brave and true
You died so that I might live
To insure my safety
Your life, you did give.
Because you died for me
I am going to live for you
And I am going to do the things
That I know you would want me to.
Since I did not get to know you
Because I am several generations past
The days that you walked this land
I will carry on your legacy
And make sure that memories
Of your sacrifice do last.
My momma told me about you
When I was just a toddler
And I'll do my best to show this world
That living in me is a lesson
For all men to pay attention to
A lesson that says because you died for me
I will live for you.
Now, on the surface, this poem is talking about a soldier who died for the safety of his family. Oh, what love he had for them! Now what I want you to do is take this poem a little deeper, change some letters to capitals and tell me Who else this poem is alluding to. So, now that you know what has been done for you, what, if you haven't already, are you going to do? I know; its deep isn't it? But that is one of the joys of poetry. It can speak on many levels.
Doing What I Can, While I Can,
Aside - Still pumped about the upcoming book signing in Orlando!