Faye Sizemore

WITHOUT TEARS

ALTI cannot see
the rider-less horse

… without tears

I cannot hear
the creak of caisson wheels

… without tears

I cannot view
a flag covered coffin

… without tears

I cannot see their hands
fold the flag

… without tears

I cannot hear
the final tribute volley

… without tears

I cannot listen
to Taps

… without tears

I cannot write
of it now

… without tears

Respect…
honor… remembrance

all given with tears…