“For Our Fathers” … a Poem on War by Alice ..

640px-Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M_edit‘Into the Jaws of Death” — US Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944. photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent, from Wikipedia (1)

Dear Ones,

Here’s a poem I wrote about veterans of the wars. The poem is dedicated to my father, who saw difficult action on D-Day, on the beach of Normandy.

The music is “Prelude No. 13” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0

FOR OUR FATHERS

At first light, on the laid-back VA grounds —
a land of not so well clipped lawns,
and blooming jacaranda trees
and blousy buildings, sprouted long before
the first computer cast its eerie glow
upon the shadow that had been our history —
Old men wait for the bus, unmoored
from the stale sameness of the working day, and
all adrift in that sour sea we call ‘retirement’.

These are the once-sung heroes
of the ancient wars,
who fought for freedom on unfriendly shores

and who, returning, found
no peace of mind
in a far too civil union,

who wake, each night,
dreaming atrocities,
dreaming the sloe-eyed death
of their personal dreams
on the altar of our nation.

Now here they sit,
this one nearly blind,
and that one racked by gout,
another, legless,
wielding his wheelchair like a Grand Prix pro

Each offering his friends the sweetest gift —
a cheerful countenance
to brave the gathering storm —
and hoping, in his heart, that he may be
finally on his way home
to a land of perfect freedom.

–a gift from Alice, May 2004

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTE

(1) from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M_edit.jpg … public domain.

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photo by Alice B. Clagett, 2014

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photo by Alice B. Clagett, 2014

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photo by Alice B. Clagett, 2014

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poetry, war, power over, Chris Zabriskie, PTSD,

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