Randy E. Richmond


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: May 26, 2006
Awarded: May 26, 2006
Springtime green gardens of granite and grass
Markers of marble, of bronze or of brass
Soon will bloom brightly with red, white, and blue
With flags and with flowers, every color and hue

Names will be spoken, a long held tradition
The past year’s roll call of all new additions
Parades will pass by and prayers will be tendered
Old eyes rimmed with mist and salutes sharply rendered

The cannons will thunder and the children will shout
We’ll remember the fallen… those this day is about
Heads will be bowed for a moment so still
While ‘Taps’ echoes softly from a faraway hill

Then we’ll return home all weary and sore
Turn on our sets for news of this war
We’ll collect the small flags that honored our own
And sadly lament how the gardens have grown…