We speak of battles bravely fought

on this Remembrance day.

We speak of those who went to war

and gave their lives away.

It’s right that we remember them,

and raise Old Glory high.

It’s right to speak of daring deeds,

for comrades now to cry.

But there are other battles fought

on nearer fields of war;

and there are other soldiers brave

that mothers sorrow for.

The footstep stilled, the smile of love

upon a dear one’s face;

a mother’s empty arms that long

to know her son’s embrace.

No golden medals lie agleam

in velvet boxes now;

No name engraved upon a plaque

or on a hallowed wall.

But God saw silent battles waged

and victories grimly won;

and I know a crown sits on the brow

of this mother’s fallen son.

We’re told to lay up treasure

at Heaven’s golden gate,

where moth and rust do not corrupt

nor thieves break through and take.

And there is treasure laid up now

so precious and so dear

that life itself cannot compare

to what is waiting there.

(Goodbye, my son, we’ll see you in the morning!)

Memorial Day, 2002


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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6 Responses to BATTLES

  1. tinkwelborn says:

    excellent piece!
    nice rhyme & meter.

  2. Snowflakes says:

    sincere and powerful words, enjoyed your take.

    way to go.

  3. To spend some time to remember for how they gave up their lives. Grateful, we are.
    Thanks for sharing a remembrance thought!

  4. booguloo says:

    Beautiful tribute.

  5. dswan2 says:

    Thank you, Booguloo! Our son changed the landscape of Heaven; from a place to hear about to a place where he waits.

  6. Taylor says:

    sweet tribe, way to go.

    love seeing American flag.

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