Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Tribute

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 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."




My sweetie-pie nephew, 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.

24 comments:

  1. More forests should most definitely be built. And soon.
    Love your poem. And agree with all of it.

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  2. More forests would be a win indeed. Yeah, hard to put into words but your younger self sure could.

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  3. I'd prefer the forests as well. Have a peaceful Memorial Day Robyn!

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  4. This is beautiful, Robyn. Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. I'll go out to build a forest after I take a little nap. Your poem is adorable.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. Thank you.
    Love you all.
    #buildmoreforests!

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  7. Very moving post, Robyn. Your childhood poem is quite right, and accurate. Also agree that more forests should be built --I prefer wooden ones even though it's hard to glue all the leaves on.

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  8. Wonderful tribute and poem for this day, Robyn. I hope more forests are built too.

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  9. My favourite line is: "It's really sad, and it's all too bad." Lamenting in rhyme is a lost art.

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  10. Wow! You have always had words in you like this. You are a natural, gifted poet and wordsmith. My socks have been knocked off.

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  11. Thank you, friends.
    I was a very serious kid, Jono. My earlier stuff is pretty profound. Now, I'm mostly just weird and silly.

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  12. Your nephew is adorable!

    I agree, more forests should be built. We really need them more than another freakin' Starbucks. Love you, my friend!

    Elsie

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  13. sorry I am late to comment. But excellent post. Love the nephew. Love your sentiment. Always good stuff on this blog. Thanks

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    1. Please no apologies. I'm running extra late to visit you and others' blogs these days. Thank you, Joanne.

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  14. War. What is it good for?
    Sadly, all too often lining the pockets of old men who aren't the young men and women being shot at.

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  15. That's still as adorable as the last time I saw it. So is the nephew picture. I can't take all of this cuteness. I have to go punch something now. BRB.

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  16. Here I am, late for the party as always...
    Love your letter Robyn. It's so darn cute, and really great that you still have it.

    We can "adequately thank and pay tribute to our military by NOT sending them off to wars we can't win, and have no business being involved in. We send them to die, get wounded, and experience terrible things for what? For nothing... When our young men go to places like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They aren't fighting for their country, or our freedom. They fight for each other.

    In my war (VN) they said we had to go to Vietnam to stop the spread of communism. If we didn't stop it there it would keep spreading and eventually get to us. They called it the "domino theory." What crock that was.
    I'm hardly bitter at all...


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    1. Oh, Pat, I'm so sorry.
      There are words, and you are right - the only way to adequately (but not really) "thank" our military is to stop waging war to inflate a few male egos at the cost of unsurmountable death and horrors. Sad sigh.

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  17. I don't think I'll be that bold to give my life and all so I greatly admire those who are so selfless in giving their lives for the nation. I love that line too. Instead of going to wars and creating weapons for mass destruction, shouldn't we build more forests instead? Plant more trees, care for nature, be more human? Sigh.

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