by Del “Abe” Jones [Copyright, 1991]
From his book of poetry, “THE WORLD, WAR, FREEDOM, AND MORE.”
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A time for picnics, time off work –
Vacations and the “Indy” –
A holiday, too often times
We forget what, it should be.

A time to pay respect to those
Who rallied to the battle cry –
Who gave their lives for liberty –
Those freedoms for you and I.

Such a waste of brave young souls –
Some still struggling through their youth
Who faced and fell willingly
Before wartimes’ awful truth.

So as we share this holiday
With our friends or family –
Take a moment to give thanks to
Those who died so we’d stay free.

Let us strive for world peace –
For the end of greed and hate –
For next time, after “the war”
It just may be too damned late.