Christina A. Sharik

A FEW WORDS FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Loss
Remembrance
Fear
Betrayal
Misunderstanding
Destruction
Peace – born of War

Bombs
booby traps
Not afraid anymore.

P eace
T rust
S orrow
D eath

Life is not
simply drawing breath.

Living the “after”
is hard to do
Lost
Love
Me and you.

Oscar (US Army – World War I, Stateside)
Henry (US Army – WWI, France)
Robert (US Army – WWII, China)
Harry (US Army Air Corps – WWII, Guam)
Michael (US Army, Present – Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Somalia)
Dustin (Former Marine/Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq)
Jesse (US Air Force, present, Travis AFB, CA)
Michelle (US Coast Guard, present, CA)
Shannon (US Air Force, present, Mass.)

World War I
World War II
shells and cannon

Vietnam
Bosnia
Somalia
Korea
Afghanistan
Iraq, Volumes I and II

Scorched earth
Mangled Trees
Fight
Flight
Ill at ease.

Heartache
Parents
Broken limb
Injured brain
Never feeling
whole again.

Pride
Sadness
Hero
Heroine

Home,
and then,

Stone Gardens
Giving thanks
for those who
served on ships,
in tanks
khaki Army
Marching by,
the Air Force planes
the pilots fly

Marines
medics
nurses
all

pick them up
when they fall.

Solitude
Gratitude
Standing Tall

Remembering
each, in our own way ~

Prayers and
Praise

Memorial Day