Shade of Trees  

intierzha 45M
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5/29/2006 12:48 am

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12/12/2006 11:16 pm

Shade of Trees

'Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of trees.' -- Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

I wrote a poem using this phrase as a subject once, but it was written for the wrong reasons and for the wrong person. The words themselves are simple and beautiful, an understanding of self and that one journey has ended, and another begins. The romantic side of the sentiment I tried to convey, and rather well, but still for the wrong reasons. Now, I re-examine the words, but in the context of memory and memoriam. It is now the early 'morn of Memorial Day, and while the holiday is in memory of those who have served in the United States military, I would like to think it honors all who have served in every conflict throughout time.

So much has been written and said about wars and times of war and those who have served that little more can be said... yet, it all bears repeating. A Memoriam is only thus if it is remembered, and we do a fine job in this country of giving those who have served the honor they deserve. I have also witnessed ceremonies in Australia which do their soldiers such great honor, and I know other countries do the same. It is great that we do offer a Memoriam to all who have gone before us for their sacrifices to make, for better or ill, the country, and the world, as it is.

In closing, I wish all who do serve now the best, and for those who have made the supreme sacrifice, I hope they have found a gentle rest under the shade of trees.


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