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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day, A Child's Perspective

I've recycled a Memorial Day post from years prior. Apologies, but sometimes I said it better then than I could now. Oftentimes, I don't know what to say about something so overwhelmingly tragic as war.

And how can we possibly begin to adequately thank and pay tribute to our military? I don't know; I don't think we can...I did give it thought as a child. Back then, I was a diehard environmentalist and humanitarian (who failed to use a dictionary to check my spelling, completely naive to the fact that I'd publicize this "poem to think of" decades later). I wrote:

                                        ~Embiggen, if you'd like to read about THE SAD war~
My favorite line in the above poem is: "I think more forests should be built."




Nephew Jeremy, age 16 mos.

May it be a meaningful, peaceful and safe Memorial Day.

With gratitude and blessings to all who have served and will serve our country, and to their loved ones, for all time.

29 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful poem, Robyn. "I think more forests should be built." What a beautiful line. Words of wisdom often come from the mouths of babes. If only we'd listen.

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  2. I'm sure the animals are annoyed.
    And there are no words to say thanks. No enough. Best we can do is to honor them through actions.

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  3. I definitely think more forests should be built :) I am in complete agreement. I loved this poem. The things we write as children often are very poignant aren't they?

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  4. You were clearly lightyears ahead of your peers when you wrote that poem. Have a peaceful holiday Robyn!

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  5. Aww, that's a very cute poem. And it's true, we should 'build' more forests. But instead, we "pave paradise and put up a parking lot."

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  6. The animals have to be pissed off, build more indeed. Always see things differently as a child

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  7. It really is sad and just too bad about the war and forests and poor animals getting annoyed at us humans for destroying their habitats. I sometimes think that children have a much better perspective on the world than the adults do.

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  8. If only it were possible to build a forest. Here in Oregon old growrh trees are chopped down and replaced with saplings. This creates tree farms, not forests. There's a big difference. Ask any animal.

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  9. DEFINITELY we should build more forests. What a wise child you were. And are.

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  10. What a lovely tribute to the men and women who keep us and our country safe. Thanks, Robyn.

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  11. I love your poem. And your nephew is such a cutie. He makes me smile :)

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  12. These are great words, whether old or new. Love this post!

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  13. I like the line about the trees a lot too, Robin. I'm so glad you still had a copy of this poem to post!

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  14. Bynerp. I meant the forests.

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  15. What if they gave a war and nobody showed up? The magical innocence of a child shall live on. Hope shall survive and grow. A forest shall flourish and the animals will rejoice when humanity finally gets the message.

    Thank you for this, dear Robyn.

    May your Memorial Day have been one of peaceful, hopeful reflection.

    Gary
    x

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  16. Everyone started clapping and gave the soldiers a standing ovation at the parade today and I started to cry. It really is a big deal.

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  17. Thanks for your sweet comments.

    I hope it was a peaceful, reflective day and weekend for all.

    xoRobyn

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  18. Your nephew is adorable. Already proud to a part of this great nation. Your poem was touching - I can see the writer getting ready to bloom.

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  19. Couldn't pull up the poem legibly...but I think it's cool you could share something you wrote as a younger poet. Thanks for visiting today, and for the congrats. I was blown away by the honor.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  20. What a beautiful poem. Kids have good intuition.

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  21. "we need to kill the will to kill" -- buddha

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  22. What a beautiful poem! I think it is sad we still have wars. You'd think we would be more enlightened by now. And I'm all for more forests being built. :)

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  23. Aw, this is lovely, Robyn. I'm late at coming around, but this post is well done and well said. Hope you have a nice week ahead.

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  24. You've always had a gift, Robyn! Young Jeremy looks like your ideal "mini me!" He only gets cuter with age, like his Auntie!

    Julie

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  25. The "more forests should be built" line brought a simultaneous smile and nod as I read it. You were a wise child. I too have found myself recycling Remembrance Day posts. Your nephew is just beautiful! I would like to think he could grow up in a situation of world peace.

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  26. Such a smart child!! Love the poem. I have a hard time thinking about it, it just makes me way too sad. But so grateful for all that they've done.

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