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May holidays remind me of family, with Mother's Day, and, time to think about what we stand for, with Memorial Day.  The prompt, Poppies, can lead to some interesting imagery.  I asked the Poets to choose one of those themes, or, as usual, to surprise me with one of their favorites.  Here are their May offerings:

 

 

WWII Bombers’ Memorial in London

 

We come to lay our lapel poppies

At the WWII Bombers’ Memorial,

Finally standing proud in London,

We come because they were our dads,

Our granddads, uncles, and brothers,

Boys who gave everything they had

Inside the brains and bellies

Of graceful dragons in the night skies,

So few of them came home,

And those who did had a part broken,

As duty was hidden behind shame,

As honouring them went long past due,

Now we come to honour our familial past,

And lay our fragile paper poppies

Lovingly at their feet,

Tears for the years broken.

          Lorraine Hart

 

 

For the Fallen

 

I’ve fallen with the petals of the cherry tree

back into the earth, the absorbing darkness.

There’s no home for me on the sidewalk,

just a tiny square of dirt open to the vastness below.

I’ve had my days in the sun, my time of flowering.

The calls to riot and rebellion grow quiet.

The spring rain carries me down

into the silence of stone and root.

I know where I belong.

          Don Hynes   

                DonHynes.com

 

 

HONOR

Honor thy father and mother

Honor thy sister and brother

Honor is earned

By those who returned

War is good for power nations

War is good for corporations

But war’s not good for children

Opt for peace and

Honor the children

         Carolyn Wiley, 

         A Thought for Memorial Day

 

Pulling Weeds

 

She digs in the dirt
wrenches up weeds
gathers scattered seeds
all to get 
to the root 
of the trouble.

She yanks down
the vines that bind
fences and trees.

Wilted and withered
they fall in ropes 
around her knees.

She leaves them

Piled in place
stacked toward sky
damning evidence
of neglect
run amok
as her hands
in penance ply
the trowel
trying to eradicate
every fertile mistake

         Cathy Warner

         CathyWarner.com




Mother’s Day

 

I tried to wash the woven rug in cold water, 

to get the smell out, the mouse droppings.   

And read later; 

never wash your Navajo rug.

So I sat it out in the sun for a bit to dry,

to air out for a few days, here in there.

And read later; 

never place your Navajo rug 

in direct sunlight.

So I folded up the rug 

to be placed inside a container.

And then I read; 

never fold up your Navajo rug,

just vacuum it to suck up the bugs,

then roll it up nice and snug.

And so I began to wonder,

as we approach Mother’s Day,

have I treated women this way?

Tried to wash them, save them,

put ‘em out in the sun to fade them,

or fold them,

and then, walk away?

         Mokasiya

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