Forgive Me – A Memorial Poem
by T.J. Allen
In honor of those who sacrificed to defend our country and the ideals of freedom. On this Memorial Day; remember the fallen.
Forgive me if I do not stand up,
When they pray in somber dress and suits.
When I show no emotion at playing of taps,
Or any kind of gun salutes.
Forgive me of little move to comfort
As loved ones grieve at their loss.
Excuse the absence of tears unshed,
Though, I, all too well have felt the cost.
I understand the principled honor.
I understand the stubborn pride.
I understand the pushing forward,
When fear pushes hard inside.
I understand the courage shown
To help one’s comrades in need.
I understand the sacrifice given
I have watched our heroes bleed.
So, forgive me if I do not stand up,
When men of God shall pray.
I lie still in homage to the warrior
On whose casket I now lay.
With white gloves, I am folded,
A triangled memorial to a fallen one.
In a case or on a mantel sitting still,
Remember my daughter or my son.
Who loved honor more than life,
To protect, guard, and defend.
Forever in our hearts now cherished;
May their memory never end.
So when you see me flying high,
Over schools, banks, or capitol steps;
Remember the brave ones departed,
And the tears of the broken hearted wept.
Remember the brave living ones yet,
Whose lives are on the line for you.
Brave in the field and those at home.
Embodied, in the red, white, and blue.