“Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” –Bernard Malamud
In the past few weeks, I have lost two great uncles who were both Veterans. I didn’t have anything to write this when it came to my mind, so I rewrote it the best I could.
I dedicate this poem to my Uncle Jerrell and my Uncle Lee.
I wish I could send you a Veteran’s Day card
As I’ve done only once in the past.
I would have sent you so many more
If I had know the first would also be the last.
You served our country and made sacrifices you didn’t have to make.
Some things you did, I cannot even fathom.
So that you could fight for freedom
So people like me could have them.
What I would do to share one more laugh or hug with you,
Even though I know that it wouldn’t be enough.
Because when you come to mind,
I think of much more than just a family member I love.
You remind me of honesty, respect and loyalty-
just to name a few.
You even served in the Vietnam War,
So I think of bravery, too.
I wish I could tell you thank you again,
But this time I wouldn’t just send a letter.
I’d cry in your arms and tell you I love you,
And I would cherish that moment forever.
Thank you to all of our Veteran’s.