Sunday, May 28, 2006

Never Forget


Ashbah

The ghosts of American soldiers
wander the streets of Balad by night,
unsure of their way home, exhausted,
the desert wind blowing trash
down the narrow alleys as a voice
sounds from the minaret, a soulfull call
reminding them how alone they are,
how lost. And the Iraqi dead,
they watch in silence from rooftops
as date palms line the shore in silhouette,
leaning toward Mecca when the dawn wind blows.

Brian Turner
Soldier Poet
From His Book, 'Here Bullet'
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I thank all of those who have defended the freedoms that this nation hold dear. May a grateful nation remember the sacrifices that you have made not just on this holiday weekend but on all days.

14 comments:

michaelm said...

Amen, brother.
Nice post.

~m

:P fuzzbox said...

michael: Thank you. I would urge all readers to follow the link and listen to the interview with Sargeant Turner. The interview and his readings of his poetry is very moving.

angel, jr. said...

Happy Memorial Day buddy!!! It's not just a day off from work, but should be a day in which we remember that we have holidays, can have barbeques and spend time with loved ones becuase of those soldiers who fight for our freedom.

Ranea said...

Awesome post, and moving poetry. We should all listen to the interview and take a moment to reflect on the great sacrifice our military.

Bruce said...

Amen...

Ben Heller said...

What a great Post Fuzz.As we sit here reading blogs surrounded by all the comforts of our homes, there are men and women out there laying their lives on the line for that to continue.
I hope that just for one day people forget the Politics and just recognise these heroes.

:P fuzzbox said...

angel, jr: You are so right.

ranea: I am glad that you listened to the interview. The words as spoken by Sargeant Turner added so much than just reading the print on the page.

bruce: And so we start another day of freedom.

ben: It would be so nice to forget the politics and just reflect if only for just a day. No matter how one feels about the present conflict. These men and women are performing their duties and because of that we can not forget them. That is our duty.

siren said...

That is very moving, Fuzz. Thank you for sharing this.

Catch said...

Very nice post Fuzz....thank you.

Keshi said...

A post that celebrates true valor!

Keshi.

starbender said...

What a moving post!
A BIG 'THANK YOU'
2 all of our men &
women who have served,
are serving now,
and who will be soon!
Where would we be
without their bravery?
:)

:P fuzzbox said...

siren: I came across the article while doing a google search for pictures and the words moved me. Especcially after hearing them from his own voice.

catch: You are very welcome.

keshi: It does say quite a bit about the human condition to me. Brian Turner's words speak volumes in just a few short sentances.

starbender: I shudder to think of that place. It would be a world of terrors.

Green Eyes said...

Great post, Fuzz. Thanks.

:P fuzzbox said...

You are welcome. I'm glad you liked it.