Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rest in Peace

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States.  I am an Army "brat."  My father was a second lieutenant at Ft. Benning, Georgia when he met my mother.  They divorced many years later and my mother remarried.  When my stepfather retired, he was a full colonel in the Infantry and had served three tours of duty in VietNam.  My son, Shawn, is an Air Force reservist for fifteen years now.  He repairs computer systems for the C5 and C15 aircraft.  

My prayer is for world peace.  I would hope that none of my three sons ever has to be involved in a war and that no mother ever loses a son or daughter to conflict anywhere in the world.  Why can't we learn to negotiate and settle our problems in a civilized manner?  Why don't we teach our children, from their earliest years, better ways of handling conflict?  As a nurse, I look at those sweet babies in the newborn nursery, lying there next to each other, without a shred of hatred or animosity in their minds and ask myself, why can't it always be that way?  

The following is not a happy poem.  It is an all too cold reality that takes place every day.  I am posting it on this Veteran's Day with my prayers for every single person who has lost their life in service to this country and for all the families who have suffered and continue to suffer without their loved ones.  

Rest in Peace

He was such a precious child,
Fair haired with eyes of blue,
Always into everything,
With laughter bubbling through.

Everybody loved him,
He just had that special way,
Of making it seem sunny,
On a cloudy, rainy day.

He'd always help another,
When things would go awry,
So all of us were saddened,
The day he said goodbye.

His unit reached Iraq,
And was only there a week,
When his mother got the news,
Of which she couldn't speak.

A roadside bomb exploded,
He lay in a pool of red,
His blood slowly oozing,
A paramedic pronounced him dead.

Carmen Henesy

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  1. Anonymous6:36 AM

    WOW this is touching on this memorable day.
    TO much pain to much sorrow, we dare not forget, we will always remember THEM

  2. I agree completly Carmen, the poem was profound.

    Thank you.

    Love Renee xoxo

  3. very nice poem

  4. Sad and raw emotions, but it's just a very beautiful tribute to those who served..Thanks Carmen for remind us to appreciate what they do!

  5. Oh so true, there has/must be a better way thank war.....powerful poem.....:-) Hugs

  6. I agree Carmen --I pray for peace!

    A very touching poem and all too often a reality happening to too many families.

    I hope your friends do get a chance to visit Federal Hall -- there is a lot of tourist info in it also as the National parks has an office inside with a very interesting exhibit beyond what I showed on my post.

  7. I'm joining in with your prayers, Carmen. Your poem produced tears. I'll never know how the families of these brave men feel but I can imagine. God bless them.

  8. VEry touching. My prayers are with those young people and their families.

  9. Carmen thanksgiving sounds like it will be perfect.